, 2015

Little League double-header
slated Friday at Dream Fields

In what has been billed as one of the Little League Baseball’s longest road trips, the Saitama City All Stars from Japan will visit Dream Fields, 1385 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock, on Friday, August 8.

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Saitama will take on the Lancaster County All Stars and the Richmond City All Stars at the same time, reported promoter Carroll Lee Ashburn. There is no charge.

The team of 34 10- to 12-year-old players arrived in the U.S. last Saturday and has been playing in the Richmond area almost daily with some time off for sight seeing, said Ashburn.

A cultural exchange program engineered by the city of Richmond, the players and their nine adult chaperones stay with families while visiting the area although none of them speak English, said Ashburn.

A brief pre-game ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. when Kilmarnock Mayor Mae Umphlett officially welcomes the Japanese visitors. Both games will follow.

The honorary first pitch will be thrown out by long-time Little League and high school umpire Tom Beatley.

Immediately after the games, the traditional exchange of gifts will take place followed by a picnic for the teams.

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