The St. Helens Little League celebrated opening day with a ceremony and their first round of games at the St. Helens Moose Lodge on Saturday, April 6.
This year’s opening day consisted of all 277 kids running onto the field with their teams to music. A heavy downpour of rain made the morning difficult and a bit miserable, according to little league board member Erynn Peau, but the Moose Lodge welcomed everyone inside and hosted a “fantastic” breakfast.
“The sun came out minutes before the ceremony started at 10 a.m., and was dry for the rest of the day,” Peau said. “The coaches worked hard to dry the field and all scheduled games were played that day.”
Daniel Houghtelling was recognized during opening day as “volunteer of the year” for donating his time to installing electricity to the sheds, scoreboard, and flag pole. The flag can now be left up in honor of veterans.
Raffle winners were also announced during opening day. The grand prize of $3,000 towards the “vacation of a lifetime” was won by a local mother of a t-baller.
The Moose Lodge was also recognized for their endless support to the program. Dignitaries from all along the West Coast were on hand to accept the award. In turn, the Moose Lodge gifted the little league with a $20 bill to cover the next 20 years of renting the field, which was met with resounding cheers.
“It assures the organization that we can keep investing in the field. The past several months have seen a ton of work done at each and every St. Helens Little League field, including the JV field at the high school,” Peau said. “Our non-profit organization is putting a lot of resources and volunteer hours into improving the experience for the kids.”