Carson Valley Little League opens season
March 31, 2015
Carson Valley Little League observed the start of its 36th season when opening day ceremonies were held on Saturday with 500-plus young players basking in the sunshine on an unseasonably warm March morning at Lampe Park.
"It was wonderful," CVLL President Debbie Jacobsen said. "The weather was absolutely beautiful. I mean, we've been out there when it was snowing, raining, and everything else. This was just a great day of baseball."
The league is fielding teams ranging in age from T-ball, through two minor leagues and majors, all the way to Junior League (13-14 year olds).
By comparison, Carson Valley Little League was organized by Tim Miller and chartered for its first season in 1980 with 10 major league and nine farm league teams. Just two years after that, Carson Valley hosted the 1982 Nevada State Tournament at Lampe Park. (The Little League program replaced what previously had been known as Douglas County Junior Baseball).
On this Saturday, 7-year-old Connor McEwen threw out the ceremonial first pitch. It marked a special occasion for Connor, who has been diagnosed with renal artery stenosis, a disease that narrows the arteries to the kidneys and could lead to kidney failure.
"He's one of our kids in our league and we thought it was important to honor him and show our support," Jacobsen said.
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Special recognition was also given to Jacobsen, who was presented with the inaugural "Debbie Jacobsen Most Valuable Volunteer" award. She has been involved with Carson Valley Little League for 25-plus years, when she began coaching her own son (Matt) in T-ball. She has also served as player agent and spent the last eight seasons as league president.
Jacobsen was quick to acknowledge that organization of any season is a team effort, from board members to umpires, coaches and snackbar volunteers. This is, after all, a program for the kids.
"I am truly honored and humbled, but it takes a full force to do this," she said. "I could never do this without the board members who work beside me hand-in-hand."
The league's regular season play will continue into June.