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Play ball! Marine Parker celebrate little league opening day

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Marching to the field: Players and their families walked to the baseball field in Marine Park on April 10 after mass at St. Columba.
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Family and teammates: Cousins Lily and Tommy play Little League baseball together for St. Columba.
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Play ball!: State sen. Martin Golden threw out the first pitch to mark opening day.
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The next Brooklyn Cyclone?!: Gavin McGinnis is all smiles for opening day!

The boys and girls of summer are back!

The next generation of Brooklyn Cyclones christened the baseball field at Marine Park on April 10 to mark opening day for the St. Columba Youth Council Little League season. Players and their families walked from the Coleman Street house of worship after Sunday mass to the Avenue U field as neighbors and IS 278’s marching band cheered them on. And some of the athletes may have even had more fun walking to the field than they did playing the actual game, one parent said.

“She had a blast — she loved it,” Marine Parker Nick Savino said of 5-year-old daughter Lily. “She loved being with her cousins and friends — they all held hands the whole way

But Lily and the other players had fun kicking off the start of the season too with state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Marine Park) throwing out the first pitch, Savino said.

“The kids were very excited,” he said. “It’s their first taste of the season. It was a very enjoyable day for both adults and children.”

And the opener was a rite of passage for 4-year-old Marine Parker Ethan McGinnis — it was his first-ever game, and he wore his elder brother Gavin’s old duds, according to his mother.

“It’s Ethan’s first year — he wore his older brother’s uniform,” said Allison McGinnis. “I’m excited to see the boys play baseball and get involved with the Youth Council, which is such a big part of the neighborho­od.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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