Hauppauge residents should to get to root for the home team as Hauppauge Little League kicks off its season opening this Saturday.
Hauppauge Little League with host an at 8 a.m. Saturday. Hundreds of young baseball players will march from the H. Lee Dennison buildings down Simeon Woods Road to the to kick off the opening weekend in style.
John St. Pierre, vice president of Hauppauge Little League, said its been a few years since the program's organizers have been able to host the community parade due to a number of issues. He is hoping family, friends and relatives will come down on Saturday morning to revive the tradition and make it a success.
"...One of the things that makes our league so special is the way it brings our community together," St. Pierre said in a statement. "Hauppauge is a small town and on any given evening in the spring, you will have friends and neighbors all down at the complex catching up after a busy day while they watch their kids play."
Honored guests marching in this year's parade will including Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, state Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Smithtown, and Suffolk County Legis. John Kennedy Jr., R-Nesconset. Pierre also hinted there's a possibility of special guests who might show up at the last minute.
St. Pierre said honored guests will give brief speeches or comments before throwing the ceremonial first pitches. Then, it's play ball.
The Hauppauge Little League has more than 550 kids enrolled in its program. There are seven divisions based upon age, starting with the T-ball division for 5 years old up to the senior division, for children up to 16 years old. Most the league's games are playing at the HYO Sports Complex.
Stop by and watch a local little league game through June 9. If your child is interested in playing, a summer season will begin at the end of June and run through July 31.