Dixon Little League opened the season late Friday afternoon with an inaugural barbeque followed by an opening ceremonies celebration. Teams from Dixon’s four leagues—tee-ball, double-A, triple-A, and the majors—took the field to recite the Little League Pledge and listen to the National Anthem.
Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor, Jr. threw out the first pitch of the season before teams dispersed to play in their respective games.
“This was my first time throwing out the first pitch for Little League, but I did throw out the pitch for women’s softball last year,” said Batchelor. “I was a little nervous, but I think I did alright considering my limited baseball experience.”
The Dixon Lions Club was in attendance, accompanied by their recognizable tri-tip sandwich station.
"We're out here serving the tri-tip sandwiches that we're famous for," said Dixon Lions Club Stacy Davison. "The crowd is always fantastic. They're in a good mood and the weather is great for baseball."
Each of Hall Park’s four baseball fields were bristling with action soon after the opening ceremonies. The Bulls took on the Muck Dogs in tee-ball action, the Angels faced the Rockies in the double-A league, the A’s battled the Red Sox in triple-A, and the Giants squared off against the Yankees in the major league division.
"This event just shows what a great city we have,” "The parents are so supportive of their kids, all ages and all skill levels. I think as long as we have parents like these who are so involved in their kid’s athletics, this tradition will continue forever."