On Saturday, May 5 the Ivy Hill Little League held its opening day for 2012. Throwing out the first pitch to open the season was Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
The day started with all the teams marching from the Ivy Hill Plaza on Irvington Avenue to Ivy Hill Park. All of the players were fully dressed in their uniforms starting with the tee-baller teams, the Yankees, and the Cubs. Other teams playing in the league this year are the Ivy Hill Vikings, the Monarchs, A's, Pirates, and the Black Soxs.
This year’s opening day was well organized. There was a concession stand selling hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries and refreshments for the fans. Also participating were several parents who marched to the field, chanted various slogans.
The weather was perfect for the occasion, and there were several games played that weekend. As of May 9, the Ivy Hill Monarchs are in first place with a 3-0 record.
Many of the parents, players and residents were glad to see the Mayor come out and support the children. Steve Smith, coach of the Monarchs, was responsible for getting the Mayor to appear. Hats off to Mr. Smith, all the coaches, volunteers, and the President of the League, Houston Stevens for helping to make a difference in so many children’s lives up in the Ivy Hill Neighborhood.
It was an exciting time for all, and I would encourage you to go up to Ivy Hill Park and check out the games. It’s fun for everyone. Games are played on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays after 4:p.m. or contact the Ivy Hill Little League for more information.