2014-07-03 / Sports

Opening night


CEDAR’S D.J. Mikowski reaches first base safely as Empire’s Solomon Boothby tries to retrieve an errant throw in Tuesday night’s opener of the Leelanau County Youth League T-ball opener in Cedar. Looking on from pitcher’s mound is Sopie DePuy. CEDAR’S D.J. Mikowski reaches first base safely as Empire’s Solomon Boothby tries to retrieve an errant throw in Tuesday night’s opener of the Leelanau County Youth League T-ball opener in Cedar. Looking on from pitcher’s mound is Sopie DePuy. It was opening day for T-ball in the Leelanau County Youth League.

Cedar and Empire boys and girls, 5 and 6 years of age, took the field Tuesday night for a lot of fun and baseball. Cedar is at Maple City on Tuesday in the next game of the three-team league.

Every player batted once an inning. Outs weren’t counted. Runners advance only one base on a hit and after the last batter hits, all the runners come home.

“Coaching this age is fun,” Empire coach Rod Boothby said. “The challenge is to keep them focused on the game and not building sand castles!

“It’s a privilege to be able to be their first baseball coach.”


JACK MARTELL of Cedar takes aim with the ball after fielding it. Teammate Myles Wright looks on. JACK MARTELL of Cedar takes aim with the ball after fielding it. Teammate Myles Wright looks on. Boothby said his wife noted that “it looked like I was coaching the Peanuts’ characters.

“That was a pretty accurate feeling,” Boothby said.



SOLOMON BOOTHBY (No. 2) gets a little coaching and fatherly advice from Empire coach Rod Boothby in the T-ball opener. SOLOMON BOOTHBY (No. 2) gets a little coaching and fatherly advice from Empire coach Rod Boothby in the T-ball opener.

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