Today's Opening Day for Little League, girls softball league cancelled due to rain

Decision will be made later today if fields will be open for Sunday play

Opening Day for the Pleasanton Girls Softball League (PGSL) and the boys Little League teams has been cancelled due to poor field conditions resulting from heavy afternoon rainfall yesterday and earlier in the week.

Mark Spiller, the city's community services manager, posted a cancellation notice late yesterday after evaluating the fields.

He will decide today if games can be played on Sunday. That information will be available here as well as at the city's sports Website,

The Pleasanton Foothill Little League (PFLL) had planned to launch its 2010 season with a ceremony at 9 a.m. today at the new Bernal Community Park fields featuring Randy Hahn, the San Jose Sharks announcer, as the host for the opening day ceremonies. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and Mayor Jennifer Hosterman were scheduled to speak as well as 2009 Hall-of-Famer Rod Woodson.

For the girls, opening day ceremonies were planned on girls softball fields 6 and 7 in Sports Park with U.S. Army Cpl. Elizabeth Bailey Wafflard, Pleasanton's newest Sentinel, throwing out the first pitch.

The leagues will announce their schedules today if the fields are cleared for play on Sunday.

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Posted by Lesson learned...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm

On the one hand, I'm very sorry to read that the planned opening for the softball and baseball season has been postponed. Must be tough for those who had participated in the event planning and also for the kids who were looking forward to the season start.

On the other hand, we do need the rain, despite the inconvenience of the delays.

And on the OTHER hand, thank you to the Pleasanton Weekly staff for learning a lesson from the past year(s) and mentioning that the girls' softball team is also to be included and acknowledged. A good start for the season ahead.

And when the sun shines again for more than two days in a row and the fields dry out a bit... PLAY BALL!!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm can blame President Obama...ruining everything for kids in America...

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Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm

You're absolutely right 'lesson learned,' as soon Lisa Hagopian's crew can get the fields ready to be played on we'll hear "Play Ball!" And in the meantime, thank goodness for the rain. How many hands do you have, by the way? I counted at least three or four!

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 13, 2010 at 1:14 am

Seems the No. 2 National Pasttime is about to begin(No.1 of course being football or perhaps auto racing)...:)

Goodluck to all you Little Leaguer's and Softballer's...

Let the fun begin!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

Why do girls play softball and not baseball? What's the big deal about letting girls play baseball, even if it is still a girl only thing? I don't see why they have to play with different equipment.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Couple years ago there was a little league team that practiced near my house that had three girls on the team. They could compete with the boys with no problems. They were better than many of the boys...

After watching the softball pitchers at FHS, I wouldn't step up to the plate against them. They would make me look silly...:)

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

The same with soccer...girls can kick just as hard, far, and accurately as the boys...I've watched girls play soccer and they're just as tough as the boys all over the world...yup, let the fun begin!

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Posted by Affectionate_beauty
a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Apr 2, 2010 at 1:12 am

How you think when the economic crisis will end? I wish to make statistics of independent opinions!

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