El Mensajero (English)

Posted: June 12, 2013

EMC photos by Mike Crupi

The 11 and 12-year-old Giants practice their batting and fielding on First Street in Rochester May 21.

Youths, families ready to play ball

By Annette Jiménez/EMC

ROCHESTER -- More than 200 players and families got ready to "play ball" at the beginning of this month for the summer season of the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League.

The league's nine teams marched down North Clinton Avenue to the Don Samuel Torres Park for the opening day parade June 1, according to information from Al Burgos, owner of Burgos Income Tax, who is a team sponsor. Three games followed the parade, said Angel Alicea, RHYBL president.

The support of sponsors, volunteers and parents helped make opening day a success for the league, which includes children from ages 4 to 15, he added. And those players learn a lot more than pitching strikes and hitting home runs, Alicea said.

"We want our kids to understand that this (league) is not just about playing baseball but about being a better person," he said.

More photos and a video of the Opening Day parade and games can be seen at http://en.elmensajerorochester.com/photos-videos/videos/

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