Hundreds upon hundreds of kids from the greater New Milford area are out in force these days honing their diamond skills in the New Milford Youth Baseball/Softball program.

Originating in the early 1950s as boys' Little League baseball, the program evolved into a coed baseball/softball entity that, at its largest extent, included more than 1,000 youths each spring.

The 2015 season officially started April 25 at the Garick Farms field complex along Boardman Road.

For more information about New Milford Youth Baseball/Softball, check www.nmybbsb.com.

For more photos, see updates at www.newmilfordspectrum.com.

Photography by Norm Cummings