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Little League season begins with boro’s most adorable parade

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On-deck: Baseball fans Tristan Davis and Christopher Joseph, both 5-years-old, marched through the streets of Park Slope and into Prospect Park on Saturday for the annual parade.
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Ready to play: Cougars players Thomas Shenk and Owen Hildebrand, both 5-years-old, got excited for the kickoff of Littlle League’s official season.
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Eager to hit the field: Players of the Huskies Little League team suited up for the annual Opening Day Parade in Park Slope.
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America’s favorite past-time: Little League players from The Lightning had their mitts and balls ready for the the kick-off of baseball season in Prospect Park.
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Mighty players: From left, Little Leaguers Kate Semmens, Bronnie O’Connor, and Chloe Shane, all 12-years-old, showed some support for their team, the Comets.
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Play ball!: Park Slopers Victor Salas, 13, Nicholas Douglas, 12, Elijah Parrella, 13, and Jayime Solomon, 14, of the Mets team couldn’t wait to get out on the field.

Play ball!

Brooklyn’s Little League season officially kicked off with Park Slope’s annual Opening Day Parade last Saturday, as more than 2,000 tiny sluggers geared up in full uniform and marched along Seventh Avenue into Prospect Park.

The pinstriped parade has been a city baseball and softball tradition — and a favorite among youthful ballplayers — since at least 1981, according to park officials.

“The young kids are always quite excited,” said coach Richard Lewis of the St. Francis Xavier Huskies team. “The older kids pretend not to be excited, but they are, and they enjoy hanging out with their friends, wearing their new gear and walking in the middle of the street.”

Borough President Markowitz was on hand to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope) said the march is the start of what can be an enjoyable and important rite of passage for bat-toting youngsters.

“Spring is here with the promise of great hitting, pitching, fielding, and most of all teamwork,” said Lander.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.
Updated 10:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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