St. William of York baseball team plays first home game

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Students of all ages flooded into the St. William of York School gym in Stafford at the end of the school day to unleash their school spirit. They cheered and danced with all their might during a pep rally to celebrate the first middle school home game of the St. William of York baseball league season. The league, started by parishioner Ken Reuwer, has been combining family entertainment with Christ-centered sportsmanship for the past three years, and it is something to celebrate. 

Master of ceremonies and physical education teacher, Kathryn Crawford, kept the momentum going throughout the rally. She announced the names of the players and led a group of sunglass- clad second- and third-graders in a flash mob dance to “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” 

“It was a fun time to be able to celebrate with everybody,” said Crawford. “I think it is important for the kids to have an outlet just to be kids and to be able to learn what cooperation is on a team.” 

After the rally, Crawford invited everyone to come out to the school’s newly restored field for the first-ever middle school home game. In the past, the league’s younger teams have played in the back fields, which until now, lacked a proper pitcher’s mound to accommodate middle school level games. 

Father Lino Rico Rostro, parochial vicar, threw the first ceremonial pitch from the new mound following a special blessing by Father Robert J. DeMartino, pastor. Eighth-grader David McSorley was the relief pitcher for Father Rostro and got the game rolling against the Fredericksburg Christian School Panthers. The competitive game ended in an 8-8 tie. Fans can catch St. William of York’s next home game when they take on Highlands School April 17. 

“It is a big community builder and brings a lot of life and energy to the school,” said Crawford. “Everybody puts in their part and it makes it all worth it in the end to see the kids smiling. That’s the best reward that any teacher could ask for.”

Photos from the pep rally and game can be purchased at catholicherald.smugmug.com.

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017