Felton-Harrington Little League opens, needs umpires

FELTON – It was a perfect spring Saturday when Felton-Harrington Little League opened the season beginning with a parade through Felton to the Little League complex.

The parade was highlighted by several pieces of equipment from the Felton and Harrington Fire Departments, Delaware U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Delaware 30th District Representative William Outten and Little League Baseball and Softball teams.

Texas Roadhouse mascot Andy Armadillo throws tosses a ball to Carley Reduck during the opening day ceremony of the Felton-Harrington Little League. Looking on is Felton Community Fire Department mascot Sparky. (Special to The Journal/Bill Mitchell)

Texas Roadhouse mascot Andy Armadillo throws tosses a ball to Carley Reduck during the opening day ceremony of the Felton-Harrington Little League. Looking on is Felton Community Fire Department mascot Sparky. (Special to The Journal/Bill Mitchell)

Included in the ceremony following the parade was the presentation of awards and all-star winners, which were earned from the previous season.

The Alex Dean Major League Memorial Award was presented to player Logan Reed and the Dakota Turner T-Ball Memorial Award was presented to manager Ray Glanden by Felton Little League President Julie Brooks.

Felton-Harrington won three 2014 Delaware Little League District I (Kent County) titles and awards were presented to the Deak Deakins Baseball All-Stars, the Walt Bowers Baseball All-Stars and the 9/10 Year Old Softball All-Stars.

Also helping open the season were Felton Community Fire Department mascot Sparky and Texas Roadhouse mascot Andy Armadillo. The two mascots participated in throwing out the first-pitches, which were caught by several Felton-Harrington Little League players.

“I could not have asked for a better day for the opening ceremony,” said Brooks, who is in her fourth year as the Felton Little League President. “The parade was wonderful, the kids were awesome and everything went as planned.”

The Felton-Harrington Little League, however, is experiencing some problems that could cause issues this season.

“We are in need of umpires and volunteers,” said opening day master of ceremonies Dennis Russum. “At this point, there could be games that have no umpires and will need to be officiated by asking parents and fans. This is not a situation that should be happening, so we want volunteers to contact us to help out.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and Felton Community Fire Department mascot Sparky give thumbs up in recognition for a great start to the 2015 Felton-Harrington Little League season. (Special to The Journal/Bill Mitchell)

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and Felton Community Fire Department mascot Sparky give thumbs up in recognition for a great start to the 2015 Felton-Harrington Little League season. (Special to The Journal/Bill Mitchell)

“We have been short of umpires and volunteers for several years,” Brooks added. “Those of us that have been working to get the season started have been run right to the bone.

“Not having enough umpires is not fair to the kids and the managers. Sometimes the managers need to umpire the game so they don’t get to coach their kids and enjoy the game the way they would like.

“So, if anyone would like to help, even if it’s just for an hour, please contact someone from both the Felton and Harrington Little Leagues.”

If you would like to help out the Little League players and the Felton-Harrington Little League please send an email to FeltonLLeague@gmail.com.

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