Saturday marked the first day of the Buffalo Youth Baseball Season and the first time the teams will be playing at the new Buffalo Sports Fields Complex--a project that has been in the works through the City of Buffalo, as well as the Johnson County Commissioners and Recreation District for the past several years.
The event opened with a parade, where all 19 teams that range from t-ball and coach pitch to the majors, walked down Fetterman Street from the corner of Klondike, where the Johnson County YMCA sits, to where the new fields are located behind the Buffalo Senior Center.
Once the teams arrived, Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess gave the first pitch. At the event, he announced the next step will be to get lights up in the complex.
President for the league Michael Bender said the league has grown a lot over the years, and he expects this season to be better than the last.
According to him, the older boys do a lot to help out and many parents volunteer their time to coach and help with concessions, among other duties.
On Opening day, every team got to play a game at the new complex, something that would have been hard to do at Prosinski Field, he said, the old location for the games. The Complex has numerous fields, he said, which means more than one game can go on at the same time. The games will run until the closing ceremony, which is June 26.