Redlands' Youth Baseball Takes the Field

Thousands of players and their families from Redlands, Highland, and Loma Linda packed Community Park in Redlands Baseball for Youth opening day ceremonies on Saturday.

Redlands Community Park was packed Saturday for the opening day of youth baseball.

More than 1,300 youngsters lined up on the field as more than 1,000 more friends and loved ones watched and cheered the teams as they were introduced.

The day began with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Redlands Benchwarmers, a nonprofit group that supports local high school and youth sports. The board is made up of volunteers. Benchwarmers board president Jim Eastwood said they were expecting between 150 to 200. The breakfast is a tradition, he said.

Benchwarmers expected to serve pancakes sausage, oranges, coffee and juice until 9 a.m., but people were still streaming as they neared the hour.

"We'll just keep feeding them until we run out of food," said Ernesto Rivera, Benchwarmer and chairman for the pancake breakfast event.


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