Wilson City Little League will celebrate its 11th Opening Day on Saturday, April 8, with all the fanfare of the previous 10 season-opening extravaganzas.
The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. at Gillette Baseball Complex with the Parade of Teams into Southern Bank Stadium. In addition to special guest speakers and recognition of all the WCLL sponsors, the 2016 Wilson City Little League Ages 8-9 team that won the North Carolina Little League District 6 title will be recognized. Team members are George Batten, Spencer Bass, Connor Radford, Evan Ferrell, Joe, Glover, Carter Adams, Ryan Bass, Joshua Taylor, Landon Kinzele, Justin Kirby and Jonas Matthews. The team was coached by Chris Bass, Rob Ferrell and Chris Radford.
At 10:30 a.m. there will be two special competitions going on simultaneously — the Home Run Derby in Southern Bank Stadium and an MLB Pitch, Hit and Run contest on Field No. 1.
The Home Run Derby is open to players ages 7-12. Players can participate by purchasing five outs for $10. Players may purchase more outs in increments of five for $10 each. Each batted ball that is not a hit over the fence will be ruled as an out.
The player with the most home runs from each of the three divisions (Ages 8-Under, 10-Under, 12-Under) will be the Home Run Derby champion from his or her division. All proceeds will be used by Wilson City Little League to promote and sponsor events.
The MLB Pitch Hit and Run contest is a free competition where players can test their throwing accuracy, hitting ability and speed. Winners are eligible to advance to future competitions and attend a MLB playoff game.
The 2017 WCLL season will begin at 12:30 p.m. with 12 games scheduled at Gillette throughout the day.
Wilson City Little League Opening Day schedule:
Ages 7-8 Double-A League
12:30 p.m. Hagen’s Detailing vs. Joyner’s Gillette Field No. 1
12:30 p.m. Yards Plus vs. Conquest Insurance Gillette Field No. 3
2:00 p.m. EB Sports vs. Vets Pets Gillette Field No. 1
2:00 p.m. Sun River Service Company vs. Golden Circle Optimist Gillette Field No. 3
12:30 p.m. Bunn Family Farm vs. Deans Oil & Gas Gillette Field No. 2
2:30 p.m. Advantage Rentals vs. Wilson County Shrine Gillette Field No. 2
5:00 p.m. Smithfield vs. B&S Wholesale Tire Gillette Field No. 2
7:00 p.m. Wilson Tobs vs. Adams Carpet One Gillette Field No. 2
12:30 p.m. Highway 55 vs. NC Baseball Museum Southern Bank Stadium
2:30 p.m. BB&T vs. Breakfast Optimi st Southern Bank Stadium
5:00 p.m. EB Sports vs. Greenlight Southern Bank Stadium
7:00 p.m. Creech’s Plumbing vs. Farris & Farris Southern Bank Stadium