South Tahoe Babe Ruth season to start Saturday |

South Tahoe Babe Ruth season to start Saturday

The South Tahoe Babe Ruth season will open with plenty of fanfare on Saturday morning at Todd Fields.

Honoring hometown heroes will be the theme of the 8 a.m. opening ceremonies. Representatives of Lake Valley, South Lake Tahoe and Douglas County fire departments will be on hand, as will California Shock Trauma Air Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry.

The South Tahoe High ROTC honor guard will present the colors under the direction of Ted Beverage and Serena Mesa of Whittell High’s Black and White Choir will sing the national anthem.

“We want to make it a really exciting day to let the kids know how special they are and thank the firefighters who serve our community,” said Mindy Crawford, director of the opening ceremonies.

Like the South Tahoe Little League, South Tahoe’s Babe Ruth League will dedicate its season to Harry Plummer Sr., who died last year. Plummer Sr. was an avid youth baseball coach in the area in the 1970s. His love of the game and his players was never more evident than when he left his daughter’s wedding reception to coach his Little League team in a tuxedo.

In addition, Steve Weiss and Don Amaral will receive special baseball honors for their commitment to the league over the years.

There will be baseball and free hot dogs as well. Games are set for 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

With seven teams in the league this season, the Babe Ruth board has decided to have one club hold a home-and-away series with a team from a neighboring town each weekend. Lyon County, Truckee, North Tahoe, Carson Valley and Carson City will participate in the program.

Board members for the current season include Martin Crawford, president; Mike McKeen, vice president; Julie Snyder, secretary; Lori McKeen, treasurer; Joanne Marchesseault, player agent; Bob Poet, ways and means; Mary Jo Yelles, snack shack; Debbie Henderson, head scorekeeper; Andy Braun, equipment manager; Amaral, umpire in chief; Charlene Braun, insurance/safety officer; Weiss, field maintenance; Donna Loscar, publicity; Teri Tepper, at-large.

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