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Opening Day celebrated
Central Park season begins with parade
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Randy Hubbard applauds players in a parade Saturday during the Central Park Athletic Association’s Baseball Opening Day celebration. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Lori and George Molish smiled, waved and took photos as their children marched with their teams Saturday during the Central Park Athletic Association’s Baseball Opening Day celebration.

They were among the two rows of proud parents flanking the parade of young athletes excited to be part of the association’s first opening day event.

“I had no problem getting them out of bed this morning,” said Lori Molish, mother of 7-year-old twins Joey and Abby.

“They just wanted to come out and support their teams and just experience the whole opening day and being able to walk as a group with their teammates.”

The parade may have been overshadowed by nerves for Sam Garner. The 10-year-old has been pitching for the past two of his six seasons with the league, but Saturday was the first time he’s been nervous.

“I’m starting out pitching right in front of the congressman, so I’m a little excited about that,” Garner said of following District 7 U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s first pitch.

Mark Endes, who coaches a Lady Bulldogs team, proudly led his team in the parade.

“It sort of brings you back to the old days,” he said. “When we grew up as kids, we always had opening day. It … gives them an opportunity to see everybody and have a little fun.”