SARANAC LAKE - The second annual Memorial Day Youth Baseball Classic will take place on Monday, kicking off the youth baseball and softball seasons.
Mark Gillis, of the Saranac Lake Youth Baseball and Softball Association, said last year's event was a success and the association is hoping to build off that.
"Between the parade, and the activities afterwards, it was fun," Gillis said.
Members of the Saranac Lake Youth Baseball and Softball Association gather during a preseason practice at North Country Community College. These young athletes will be featured Monday during the second annual Memorial Day Youth Baseball Classic.
The day will start off with young athletes marching with veterans in the Memorial Day parade in downtown Saranac Lake. After that, children and adults will head over to the Rotary Field next to the Civic Center on Ampersand Avenue for a day full of activities.
There will be exhibition games for minor and major league teams, free barbecue food and games for the public.
One of the highlights of the day for the public will be a home run derby for adults. Participants will use wooden bats to hit off a pitching machine. Each pitch will cost $1 with the money going to the association. There will be a five-pitch minimum. All other events are free.
Memorial Day Classic Schedule
Monday at the Rotary Field
10:15 a.m. - Parade Line-Up (Hotel Saranac)
10:45 a.m. - Teams march in parade
11:30 a.m. - Softball exhibition game (tentative)
12:30 p.m. - Food and games: Guess your speed, pitching accuracy, base running competitions and T-Ball longest drive.
12:45 p.m. - Ceremony for Red Wilcox
1 p.m. - Minors exhibition game
3 to 4 p.m. - Home Run Derby for adults
4 p.m. - Majors exhibition game
(BBQ food served all afternoon)
There will also be a special ceremony to honor longtime Saranac Lake resident Red Wilcox, who died in March at the age of 86. Wilcox umpired for baseball and softball for decades and was very involved in youth sports throughout his lifetime. His family members will take place in a ceremony to throw out the first pitch before the minor league baseball game that starts at 1 p.m.
Gillis said the goal of the day is simple.
"It's about baseball," he said. "It's about having fun."
For further information about the day's events contact SLYBSA by calling 518-354-8320 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org