The long winter yielded to a beautiful spring weekend as the Franklin Girls Softball Association (FGSA) officially kicked-off the 2014 season at Pisani Field on Saturday, April 12. More than 300 Franklin girls and their families attended the annual celebration that marked the opening of the recreational softball season which offers 24 teams across four divisions of play for girls in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The celebration started with the national anthem sung by Hannah Stahl, age 12 and senior division player, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by a Girl Scout Color Guard comprised of league players.
Following the ceremonial first pitch, thrown by Makayla Kuykendall, age 6 of the instructional division, the girls enjoyed a team scavenger hunt, hot dogs, DJ dancing, hair coloring provided by David Christopher Coiffures, and whoopie pies donated by Making Whoopie.
“FGSA’s Opening Day Celebration has become a tradition looked forward to by players and their families,” said Tom Healey, organizer of the celebration and a senior division coach. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for players of all ages to gather, socialize and have fun. Following the brutal winter, the day has also become a celebration of spring finally arriving to New England.”
In addition to running Franklin’s recreational softball league, FGSA offers two competitive travel summer teams, Franklin Fusion and Franklin Tornadoes. For more information, visit www.fgsafastpitch.org.
Members of the Blue Diamonds Junior Division softball team pose with “Sox,” the Pawtucket Red Sox mascot, at Franklin Girls Softball Association Opening Day Celebration on April 12. Pictured left to right are Taylor Padula, Stefany Padula, Marissa Barber, Madelyn Corvi, Caroline DeSimone, Marina Komari and team coach John DeSimone.
Jill Hamilton, age 5, receives hair dye to match her team’s color from a stylist at league sponsor David Christopher Coiffures during the Franklin Girls Softball Association Opening Day Celebration on April 12.
Caroline DeSimone, age 9, enjoys dancing on the softball field with friends during the Franklin Girls Softball Association Opening Day Celebration on April 12.
Leila Frankina, age 11, anxiously awaits her turn during the team scavenger hunt relay at the Franklin Girls Softball Association Opening Day Celebration on April 12.
Taylor Aten, age 11, runs in with a softball during the team scavenger hunt relay during the Franklin Girls Softball Association Opening Day Celebration on April 12.
All photos and text courtesy of the Franklin Girls Softball Association