Now in its 60th year, fully sanctioned under the rules of Little League Baseball, WSLL will begin play April 2. This year we have added a fifth team to the Major division along with having 4 Minor, 4 Pitching, and 5 T-Ball division teams. Brand new for this year are two Intermediate (50/70) teams for 12 and 13 year olds. They will play against each other and other intermediate Little League teams in our District.
Saturday April 6 we will hold our Opening Ceremonies at George Blanco Little League Complex. Opening Day activities will start at 8:00 a.m. with team photos and a Biscuit & Gravy breakfast in the WSLL Snack Bar.
At 11:00 a.m. there will be a carnival, tri-tip BBQ and, a raffle of items donated from local businesses. Money from all of these activities will help fund Westside Little League.
The opening ceremony will kick off at 12:00 p.m. with the team parade and will be emceed by Josh Bryant. The ceremony will feature an Invocation, Presenting of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance led by the T-Ball Division, National Anthem sang by Penelope Pitstop from the Bakersfield Diamond Diva Roller Derby Team, Little League Pledge, Introduction of Board Members, Special Event – Induction of Herb Hegeman into the WSLL Hall of Fame, and the ceremonial first pitch delivered by Herb Hegeman.
The day will continue with the batting cages being opened for use, a demolition copier event on field 1, and the Carnival continuing until 4:00 p.m. featuring a 18ft Giant Slide, Bounce Combo 4n1, (2) Bounce Houses, Obstacle Course, Gladiator Joust, Speedway Obstacle Course, and a Rock wall. Pre-sale wrist bands for the carnival can be purchased online at www.taftwestsidelittleleague.org for $8.00 each. On the day of the event they will be sold for $10.00 each at the gate.
On Sunday April 7, the Taft College Baseball Team will be putting on a free workshop for all Little League players at 2:00 p.m. at the Taft College Baseball fields.