Wren hosts inaugural opening day celebration
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:00 AM
A group of young ballplayers stand at attention for the singing of the national anthem during Wren’s opening day celebration on Sunday. Additional photos from the event can be found at the Wren Ballpark Association’s facebook page. (Photo submitted)
Nearly 300 residents from the Wren area celebrated their ballpark’s 1st Annual Opening Day festivities on Sunday May 18.
140 young ballplayers between the ages of 3-17 received their jerseys and rallied with one of the 10 teams whose home is the Wren Ballpark.
Bella Chorvas, 17, sang the national anthem and Wren mayor Monica Davis threw out the first pitch of the Little League game between Wren and Convoy.
A home run derby sported 43 contestants. Bragging rights go to Jacob Kitson, Landon Nowak, Nathan Lichtle, Alex Parks, Caden Hurless, and Payton Knittle
“In all the years of the ballpark, we’ve never had an opening day,” said Wren Ball Park Association Vice President Jeremy Kitson, who added that his father played baseball there in the 50’s. “There were third and fourth generation Wren folks that experienced an opening day for the first time. We look forward to making it an annual thing and improving on what we’ve done.”
Wren Ball Park Association President Jade Painter thanked the community for turning out, Mayor Davis for participating, and Gibson’s Barnyard Bar-B-Q, who provided pulled pork sandwiches for the event. “Ball players are made in the backyard,” offered Painter, “the ballpark is just a showcase. If we offer a place where fundamentals are taught and learned in fun, the memories make themselves.”
Mandy Kitson heads the Women’s Auxiliary, who organized the event. She said: “We are so grateful to the families who came out to support the kids. We were able to raise over $400 for the ballpark, which is a great way to open the season.”