Ansonia Youth League Opening Day this Saturday

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Lessie Cable painted the back of the dugout on Diamond 3 last year. (Courtesy photo)

ANSONIA – Saturday, May 4, is Opening Day for the Ansonia Youth League (AYL) at the ballpark on Mackinaw Street, with plenty of activity slated throughout the day at all three diamonds.

The opening ceremony is set for 11 a.m., with various ball games played before and after the ceremony.

Stacy Gibson, one of the board members, reports that the concession has been redone and will be offered “lots of good food as well.”

Stacy Gibson, right, and her daughter Katherine are ready for the season to begin. (Courtesy photo)

Another board member, Lucritia Brandt, has stepped up as the new manager. Before this year, the board members took turns working in the stand and can now spend more time on the grounds doing what is necessary.

Additional board members are President Joe Hibner, Vice President Michael Werner, Secretary Jason Marshall, Treasurer LeAnn McClure, Jennifer Marshall, Heather Werner, Mandy Jamison, Eric Beisner, Dave Werling, Katie Mangen as well as Brandt and Gibson.

“We are all out here a lot,” Gibson noted.

The concession stand has changed somewhat with a rearrangement.

Visitors to the Ansonia ballpark this year will see some changes, both physical and in its edible offerings. (Courtesy photo)

“The menu has added some new items, including pulled pork, hamburger from Ketring Meats and walking tacos,” she said. “And, we do accept credit cards now,” she said.
Kona Ice will also have a stand there throughout the day.

In addition to all of the games scheduled for opening day, there will be the Girls Homerun Derby from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., a Boys Homerun Derby from 5:45 to 6:45 and the second annual AYL Coaches Classic at 7, not to mention a 14U Boys Wiffle Ball Game against parents at 4:30 pm. Also featured will be a 50/50 drawing and a gun raffle drawing.

The board members have been busy cleaning up the grounds at the ballpark in preparation for the big day.

“We are close to reaching our goal of batting cages in memory of Kirby Lyons, who had been a big supporter of the league,” Gibson said. “We have a lot of sponsors with banners all around the park. Last year, Lessie Cable painted the back of Diamond 3’s dugout.”
According to her, new picnic tables will be coming soon.

She estimated there are roughly 300 ball players on the roster this year from t-ball up to junior high ball players.

“All of the diamonds here are busy six days a week,” Gibson said. “There are also five all-star game tournaments for boys and girls.”