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02 April 2017  
Kids from Team Farmer's Insurance introduce themselves during the Prescott Little League Opening Ceremonies on Saturday April 1st, 2017 at Bill Valley Field in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Four-Hundred and Ninety Players Will Participate in Prescott Little League Baseball This Season

PRESCOTT- The clouds might have covered the sky and the temperature was a bit chilly, but baseball is back nonetheless as the Prescott Little League celebrated Opening Day together. Hundreds of kids and coaches were on the field being introduced while family members and friends watched from the stands at the Bill Valley Fields in Prescott on Saturday April, 1st.

 “We love opening day and the beginning of the season,” said Prescott Little League president Chris Inman, who was the host of the ceremonies. “We got a great volunteer board that’s all put in lots and lots of hours, and after all that work to finally get players on the field and to get going, it’s a great day.”

The league features six different levels: tee ball, coach pitch, minors, majors, juniors and challenger-a division for youth ages 4-18 who are physically or mentally challenged. Inman mentioned through hard work recruiting during the offseason, the 2017 Little League season will feature four-hundred and ninety players suiting up for forty different teams-which are both improvements from totals in the previous season. Additionally, Inman said most teams have three coaches, which equates to over one-hundred and twenty mentors.

Each team is also sponsored by local businesses in the area, which Inman says keeps the cost low-only $65 a player. One of these squads is Team True Value, a majors division team managed by Humboldt Unified School District Superintendent Daniel Streeter; who even while off the clock continues working with children.

“It’s an opportunity for me to continue working with kids and the game of baseball, those are two of my passions,” said Streeter who also mentioned the enjoyment of spending time with his own kids on the team. “I like this age group because they are out here for such diverse reasons. Some of these kids are out here because they really want to take their game to the next level, some of these kids just want to have a good Little League experience.”

“It’s fun trying to figure out where each kid is on that continuum and try to meet them at that spot,” Streeter continued.

Although he wished it would have been a bit warmer, Streeter was excited for the Opening Day ceremonies and anticipated a season with a group of athletes who have played together for years. Team True Value won their first game against Team Prescott Orthodontics in just one of the handful of games that took place on Saturday afternoon.

Team True Value and the other 39 squads will play through the end of May at Bill Valley Fields, Pioneer Park, Taylor Hicks and Ziegler Field as games take place throughout the week.