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Fagan Little League Opening Day

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty were the honored guests Saturday as Fagan Baseball Little League held its Opening Day ceremonies at Martha Hart Park.

“Although we had a little rain setback this morning, we anticipate a great season. We anticipate some great sunshine and some great baseball,” said Jim Wyskiewicz, Fagan Treasurer. “It’s a long season, but very rewarding.”

Each coach was recognized for their hard work.

“As a mom who spent a whole lot of time on baseball and softball fields a special thank you to all the coaches, all the sponsors and all the parents,” said Esty. “You know it’s the start of Spring when baseball starts. It’s not just about baseball. What you’re teaching here today and all through the season is being a good sport, being a good team mate and being a good friend. That is what our community needs.”

Wyman, who threw out the first pitch, was in attendance for the second year in a row.

“It’s great to be back here again this year,” said Wyman. “I want to thank the league for recognizing Newtown. They would be really proud that you are dedicating this season to them. You are all wonderful.”

She asked the teams how many winners there were out there.

“In my eyes you’re all winners,” Wyman said.

Wyskiewicz said all the players can do is play ball in memory of the young lives taken in Newtown that were lost and try to move on. A billboard will go up in honor of Sandy Hook.

A 26 second moment of silence was recognized in honor of those who perished.

Joe Granja, EC Goodwin Tech Baseball Coach for 16 years, told Fagan baseball players and coaches to enjoy this time because one of his children was once at Fagan Little League and times moves fast.

For more information on Fagan Little League Baseball, call Phil Pepin at 860-224-4110.