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2018-05-15 / Sports

New and Improved Walton Little League

By Melissa Johns


Ranger teammates gathered before their game. Players from left to right: Reid Jackson, Derik Basile, Kyle Schamber and C.J. Schamber. 
Melissa Johns/The Reporter Ranger teammates gathered before their game. Players from left to right: Reid Jackson, Derik Basile, Kyle Schamber and C.J. Schamber. Melissa Johns/The Reporter For years, Walton Little League has consisted of t-ball, minor and major teams. This year, in attempts to get girls more involved in the league, a softball team has been established. This league is now comprised of 17 teams, each of which is coached by a parent or community member volunteer.

“Although the softball team is girls only, they still have the option to continue playing with the boys if they’d prefer. The choice is theirs,” said new little league President Daryl Mcclenon.

With a new team and a new board president, changes are on the rise for this year’s season. Opening nights were held last Monday and Tuesday, according to treasurer/ secretary Mary Phraner, and the turnouts were great.

During Monday night’s games, the volunteers running the concession stand reported the highest sales ever, thanks to the updated variety of goodies offered. About 300 spectators filled the sidelines to watch the first games of the season, which were commenced by first pitches thrown by Townsend Elementary School Principal, Mike Snider on Monday and Mayor Edward Snow on Tuesday.


Townsend Principal, Mr. Snider, threw Monday’s first pitch 
Patty Wood/The Reporter Townsend Principal, Mr. Snider, threw Monday’s first pitch Patty Wood/The Reporter Amongst this year’s upgrades lies the old legion field in Austin Lincoln Park. This will be the first time the field will be utilized by the league.

“Now that we have softball, we wouldn’t have had enough room without it,” said Phraner, “We’re so thankful that the village board granted us access to the field.”

The league was also able to purchase a new Walton Little League sign for the outfield, which was first revealed Monday night. This sign is surrounded by several other local sponsor boards, stretched across the walls of the field. The league’s board members said when they first began to develop an area to play ball in Austin Lincoln in 1996, they depended on the community and volunteers help to get things up and running. McClenon said the sponsors are still the ones making Little League possible.


The Reds, coached by Collin Pomeroy and John Phraner, lining up before Tuesday’s opening ceremony. 
Melissa Johns/The Reporter The Reds, coached by Collin Pomeroy and John Phraner, lining up before Tuesday’s opening ceremony. Melissa Johns/The Reporter On Saturday, May 19, the league will host its annual fundraiser at the Walton Central School Bus Garage from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wilson BBQ chicken and baked goods will be for sale and teams will be taking shifts to wash cars. Recyclable cans and bottles will also be accepted. Proceeds will go toward field repairs, uniforms, and end of the year ceremonies.

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