The weather didn’t stop many players, coaches, and families from enjoying our Opening Day ceremonies this morning at Cromie Park. Player Agent and MC, Todd Allan welcomed teams and spoke of the many accomplishments of last year’s LMBA teams. Our U18 Midget AA All Star team finished a strong season as provincial silver medalists, going on to represent BC in a Washington State tournament. Our Bantam AAA took home gold in provincials while our Bantam AA single season team were also silver medalists. Coaching our Bantam AA team was our President, Grant Laidlaw, who was named Bantam Coach of the Year by BC Minor.
Each year, we recognize those players who have graduated from the LMBA and we were proud to have several of our 2017 players out this morning to receive their commemorative jersey. Coach Ray Beisick also received a special commemorative jersey celebrating his many years of coaching as well as his twelve years of serving on the LMBA Executive. Our gratitude to Ray, his wife, Carrie, and his family for the countless hours dedicated to Ladner Minor Baseball. We wish the Beisick family the very best in their new home in Calgary.
A moment of silence was held for Delta baseball player, Kyle Losse, and the Humboldt Broncos. Our thoughts are with these families at this very difficult time. MLA Delta South, Ian Paton was on hand to throw out the first pitch of the season.
We thank everyone who braved the rain and came out today. With over 500 players registered for the 2018 season, we look forward to this year with much anticipation.