About 700 boys and girls aged 16 and younger are indulging their baseball and softball passions these days courtesy of the expansive New Milford Youth Baseball/Softball program.

The venerable league, with its local roots dating back to Little League days in the early 1950s, made its 2014 debut two weeks ago at the Garick Farms field complex along Boardman Road in New Milford.

Rain somewhat marred the official opening day on May 3, but the Spectrum camera was there to capture the images as youngsters showed off their diamond talents.

Among the highlights was the official opening of the "Little A" diamond, constructed expressly for the program's youngest set, the T-ball players.

The ceremony kicked off with remarks and introductions from league president Carl Profita, who acknowledged the hard work of the board in coordinating the field's construction.

He also thanked Jerry Romaniello of J & R Maintenance and Garick Farms for being instrumental in the creation of the new field.

Softball commissioner Scott Wetmore cut the ribbon to open the field.

State Rep. Cecilia Buck-Taylor, R-67th, threw out the ceremonial first pitch alongside 5-year-old Cienna McNamara, daughter of coach Michelle Tarzia-McNamara, and 4-year-old Colin Profita, son of Carl Profita.

The field has full-sized in-field dimensions and a small outfield to allow younger players to learn the sport on a field sized just for them.

"The addition of this field allows T-ball and T-softball players to play and practice closer to the hub of league activities," explained Wetmore, "enabling them to be more a part of events and activities throughout the season."

For schedules and more information, check www.leaguelineup.com.

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