As sure as spring comes around every year, Graham little league baseball and softball are sure to begin. This year, both leagues had opening days that proved a spectacular way to start their respective seasons.

The girls softball league began with fanfare on Saturday, March 29 as 267 players from Graham, Loving, Newcastle, Olney and Bryson descended upon the Fireman’s Park little league complex.

There were 21 Graham-based teams and two squads from Bryson that battled all day in four different age divisions, ranging from eight-and-under to 14-and-under.

Chaired by President Greg Mayes, Vice President Jeremiah Gore, and Secretary Michelle Atwood, this season seems to be a promising one. Gore was especially hopeful, stating that “this year looks to be an especially good year” thanks to the large turnout of talented girls and great support from the community.

The girls’ softball season runs until May 29th and will be playing on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings until then. Opening ceremonies were held for the Graham Little League on Saturday, April 5 at the same complex.

For the 405 kids who are in this league, opening day was made special by a national anthem and announcer for every game played. This was in addition to some “adrenaline pumping music,” as little league chairman Troy Wolfe stated, adding to the fun for the players.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.