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‘Play ball!’ – Lansing Little League and Softball launch new season at opening day ceremony


Text, photos, and videos by Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 27, 2024) – Hundreds of eager ball-players and their families gathered at the Lansing Sports Complex Saturday to formally launch the 2024 season of Little League baseball and softball.

Each team in T-ball, pee-wee, majors, and softball divisions was announced before they ran onto the main field. There, they stood as the Lansing Veterans Memorial Ceremonial Honor Guard presented the colors, and Isabelle Abbasy sang the National Anthem. Ceremonial first pitches were thrown by Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam, representatives from league sponsors Effin’ Egg and Michael Foods, and Lansing Little League Hall of Fame inductees Chris Marnell and AJ Goranowski.

Saad Abbasy, the board president of Lansing Little League, said the league has 133 baseball players this year and 93 softball players. Compared to some other leagues that are losing players, Abbasy said Lansing’s numbers are “holding steady.”

Lansing’s baseball and softball leagues are open to Lansing residents, as well as some participants from Calumet City.

After the opening ceremonies in the morning, teams played games into the afternoon at Lansing Sports Complex’s fields. The current season will run through the end of May, with three to four games played per week, depending on the league.

Opening Day photo gallery

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.