Rahway PAL Baseball/Softball Celebrates Opening Day

RAHWAY—Rahway PAL launched the 2008 baseball and softball season last Friday night, marking the 150th anniversary of the City of Rahway and the PAL’s first ball games under the new lights at Madden Field.

Hundreds of parents, players and coaches attended the opening ceremonies. Sara Lopez, a junior at Rahway High School, sang the National Anthem while the Rahway Police Honor Guard presented the flag. The first pitch was thrown by Mayor James Kennedy who later expressed how happy he was that the City was able to provide these new lights, a major upgrade, for the children of Rahway.

Following the ceremonies, games were played into well into the evening and no games ended on account of darkness. The program’s success is made possible by the cooperation the Rahway PAL, Rahway Department of Recreation, and the Rahway Department of Public Works. Thanks to the efforts of all involved, Rahway PAL marked the beginning of another successful season.

Mayor James Kennedy threw out the first pitch of the Rahway PAL baseball season

Mayor James Kennedy threw out the ceremonial first pitch to mark the beginning of the 2008 baseball and softball season.

Rahway youth play under the new lights

PAL teams played their first games under the new lights at Madden Field.

A popular PAL softball coach is honored

Rahway PAL Honors Coach—During their opening night ceremonies last Friday, Rahway PAL took some to honor Coach Anthony Servedio. Servedio has been with the program from its inception and has always been a prominent figure in girls’ softball. Ask any girl who’s played PAL softball and chances are they have played on Servedio’s team at one time or another. The award was presented by Executive Director Sgt. Gene DeCarlo, Rahway PAL President Peter Kowal, Vice President John Tluchowski, and Frank Bianco, commissioner of girls’ softball.

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