The weather was a perfect 72 degrees and sunny both days during the Opening Weekend festivities. On Saturday, VLB saw a whopping 31 players on the field. This is just shy of the Opening Day record of 33 set in 2009. Players were elbow-to-elbow in the dugout as the highly anticipated first pitch was thrown to kick off the new season. Josh Paul kicked off the season with a strikeout.
Game one featured Tyler Mulder's DJ Kitty playing against the new expansion team Cannons, coached by Alex Miller. Miller was last year's subcaptain who led the Squad to the World Series title. Defense was the key to DJ Kitty's opening day win, 13-3. The Cannons were held to just one extra base hit, compared to the five on Kitty. The majority of the players had just two at-bats.
Game two was the captain debut of sophomore Andrew Collins' Mad Dogs hosting Ryan Barton's Gremlins. Much in part to a big game by veteran Adlonis Hopkins, the Mad Dogs took the second game 12-8. Hopkins led the team with three runs and four RBI.
On Sunday, another 22 players arrived at Ridgewood for a Veto League double header. DJ Kitty lost the opener against Jeff Kilgard's Crushers on a close 12-10 game as Kitty stranded the tying run at 2nd base in the final frame. 2016 Rookie of the Year Greg Hixson was a perfect 4-for-4
Game two featured Josh Paul's Goonies at Mad Dogs. Collins again led his team to victory, as the Mad Dogs start out the second 2-0 after a nail biting 9-8 victory.
This weekend also featured debuts from 13 new players, which matches all the debuts that were made in the entire 2010 season.
Weather pending, play will continue May 6-7 again at Ridgewood.