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Norwalk Cal Ripken Celebrates Opening Day

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Cal Ripken Baseball celebrated opening day Saturday at Fox Run School.

The festivities included food, a brief ceremony with several guests and games after the celebration. Among the guests were Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia, State Rep. Larry Cafero and Babe Ruth Baseball state Commissioner Fred Bondi.

Norwalk Cal Ripken has 312 players in four divisions for children ages 4-12. The total is the second highest in the history of the league, according to President Tony Schwartz.

“I think people realize we’re all about having fun,’’ Schwartz said. “The coaches teach the game, and a lot of people feel Cal Ripken is best for them.”

The players had a blast at the ceremonies as they munched hot dogs, pizza and other goodies while waiting their turns to take team pictures and for the ceremonies to start. The league has been playing games for a few weeks, but Saturday’s festivities brought all of the teams and coaches together to officially kick off the year.

“Being able to coach baseball tells you what’s important,’’ Schwartz said. “We all have stresses in our life. When you came to the ballfield, all of that goes away. I love teaching the kids. That’s what it’s all about.”

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