Redbacks Opening Ceremony rescheduled for 22 June

Mon 9 Jun 2014

Redbacks Baseball & Softball's formal opening ceremony for the club’s new permanent facilities at Melbourne Park in Chelmsford, including a new backstop, have been rescheduled for Sunday 22 June, in the presence of the club's local MP.

The event will be attended by The Right Honourable Simon Burns MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at 12:00 noon prior to a scheduled British Baseball Federation AAA South Division match between the Essex Redbacks and the Nottingham Rebels.

The event was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday 15 June, but the Redbacks' opponents on the day, the  Birmingham Maple Leafs, were unable to travel.

Alongside the scheduled games, coaches will be on hand to provide training to new players in the practice area beside the diamond, and an open softball session will be held later in the afternoon.


Vince Warner, Chairman of Redbacks Baseball & Softball, said: “We’ve worked hard on and off the field to build a real legacy for baseball and softball here in Essex.  We’re delighted that Simon Burns MP will be able to help us officially open our new facilities and hope that it will inspire the next generation to come and try our sports.”

Sean Briscomb, Club Secretary, added: “Our new backstops will help improve the experience of players and members here in Chelmsford.  I hope it will drive the club towards running dedicated junior baseball in Chelmsford to complement our current main location for junior baseball at Forest Glade, Billericay.”


The schedule of events for the day will be:

10:00 – Redbacks and Nottingham Rebels arrive for pre-game warm-up.
11:15 – Simon Burns MP to arrive for photo opportunities prior to the game.
11:50 – Team line-ups and photos with Simon Burns MP.
11:55 – National anthem.
12:00 – Ceremonial first pitch by Simon Burns MP.
12:05 – First pitch in Game One of doubleheader (Essex v Nottingham).
14:30 – First pitch in Game Two of doubleheader.
16:30  – Open softball session begins, moves to main diamond on completion of Game Two.
18:30 – End of softball session, field packed down.

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