HARWICH ─ A sure sign of spring is a line of cars and a busy snack shack at Centeio-Baldwin Field in Harwich since it means that Harwich-Chatham Little League is back in action. This past Saturday saw players from the league's teams swinging for the fences as Opening Day was celebrated.
The annual tradition began on a somber note with a moment of silence to honor John Centeio, for whom the field is named. Centeio passed away at the age of 73 on April 13, leaving behind a baseball legacy to rival some Major Leaguers, and which included coaching youth sports and serving as chief umpire for Harwich Little League. His son, John, Jr., was on hand for the tribute.
Then came the moment the young players had been waiting for: time to play ball!
The first games got under way around 9 a.m. and continued throughout the day, which was punctuated by sunshine and blue skies. Though not every team was a winner according to the scoreboard, the overall event was a success.
“It was a great turnout,” said HCLL co-president Dawn Lombard-Routhier. “Many families came out to watch their children.”