Saturday will be a big day for little leaguers in the Poconos.
It’s opening day for Tobyhanna Little League. This year, the players will be shining brighter than ever.
It’s Alexis Masker’s first year playing softball as the Tobyhanna team’s first baseman. As she explains her duties on the field, she can’t help but get excited about opening day.
“It’s going to be amazing to sit down and watch. When we go on the field it’s really cool,” said Masker.
This year’s opening day is a little more special than in past years, mainly because a project that took two years of planning is finally a reality.
“Tomorrow will be the first time we will be turning on the lights,” said Tobyhanna Little League President Erin Masker.
Once the sun goes down all lights go on and will illuminate the ball fields. The lights will allow more games to be played by the 200 members of the little league organization.
“It’s so hard to get all the games in, so now that we have the lights we’re able to stay later and play later. It’s just going to be awesome,” said Erin Masker.
“When we would go schedule games, a lot of people said they wanted them at night so they can play under the lights,” said Alexis Masker.
The president of the Tobyhanna Little League said the lights were made possible by a grant from the Major League Baseball Organization, township officials and the community.
“This is super-duper amazing. This has been a long time coming. The kids have wanted this for so long it’s just awesome,” said Erin Masker.
Opening day at the Tobyhanna Little Fields near Tobyhanna kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday.
There will be little league games plus other activities for spectators young and old.
The lights are expected to go on around late in the afternoon.