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Wilson City Little League’s 12th Opening Day ceremony is set for Saturday at Southern Bank Stadium at Gillette Baseball Complex.
The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with the Parade of Teams into the stadium, including all 39 WCLL and Wilson Parks and Recreation Department softball teams, followed by special guest speakers.
Special recognition will be accorded to WCLL All-Star teams that won North Carolina Little League Baseball district or state tournaments in 2017 — WCLL Ages 7-8 District 6 and state championship team; Ages 8-9 District 6 championship team; Ages 8-10 District 6 championship team and Ages 11-12 District 6 championship team.
Players ages 7-12 are invited to participate in the Home Run Derby and MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. Each player may participate in the Home Run Derby, which starts at 10:30 a.m. in Southern Bank Stadium, by purchasing five outs for $10. More outs may be purchased in increments of five. Each batted ball that is not hit over the fence is considered an out. The age divisions are 8-under, 10-under and 12-under. The player from each division with the most home runs will win the Home Run Derby.
All proceeds will go to promote and sponsor Wilson City Little League events.
Also at 10:30 a.m. is the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run, a free competition in which players can test their throwing accuracy, hitting ability and speed. Winners are eligible to advance to future competitions and attend a MLB playoff game.
There will be 12 games played Saturday, weather permitting, at Gillette, starting at 12:30 p.m.
Opening Day Schedule
Ages 7-8 Double-A League
12:30 p.m. — Wilson Tobs vs. B&S Wholesale Tire, Gillette Field 1
12:30 p.m. — Stone Creek Masonry vs. Sun River Service, Gillette Field 3
2 p.m. — EB Sports vs. Wilson County Shrine, Gillette Field 1
2 p.m. — Vets Pets vs. Golden Circle Optimist, Gillette Field 3
12:30 p.m. — KS Bank vs. Luncheon Lions Club, Gillette Field 2
2:30 p.m. — Wilson Vet Hospital vs. Adams Flooring Company, Gillette Field 2
5 p.m. — Smithfield Packing vs. Joyner’s, Gillette Field 2
7 p.m. — Carolina Yard Care vs. Stone Creek Masonry, Gillette Field 2
12:30 p.m. — Farris & Farris vs. Highway 55, Southern Bank Stadium
2:30 p.m. — Greenlight vs. NC Baseball Museum, Southern Bank Stadium
5 p.m. — Breakfast Optimist vs. Creech’s Plumbing, Southern Bank Stadium
7 p.m. — BB&T vs. E.B. Sports, Southern Bank Stadium