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BY J.D. O’GARA

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Franklin Youth Baseball turns 60 years old with the opening of the 2013th season, which is scheduled to take place starting with a parade on April 20th at 10 a.m. Franklin Youth Baseball, as well as Girls Softball and the Challenger League will step off with a parade beginning at the Davis Thayer School and marching through the center of town. Franklin Youth Baseball will head to Fletcher Field, while Girls Softball and Challenger League will head to their respective fields.
At Fletcher Field, players and their fans will be treated to the National Anthem, as played for the fourth year in a row by trumpeter Ben Zogby, a former FYBO player and State Wrestling Champion.
All the leagues are playing,” says Kurt Doyle, FYBO Secretary. “The field where we’re going is 11- and 12-year-olds, and the older boys will be playing at the same time at the big diamond. All the kids that play in the small diamond, ages 7-12, meet at Davis Thayer and march.”
Doyle explains that the parade route may change this year, as the town is urging the group to change the route.
“This may be the last year we march this route,” he says. He says he doesn’t know for sure, but his belief is that some people complain about the downtown area being blocked off to accommodate the parade.
Additional events at the field on opening day include the FYBO Board of Director's address to the players and parents, and an honoring of past contributors to the program. The ceremonies end with the ceremonial first pitch.
As a special treat this year, PAWS, the Pawtucket Red Sox mascot, will march the parade route with the players and be on hand for the ceremonies.
The Snack Stand will be open, serving hot dogs, popcorn, fried dough, mozzarella sticks, etc. FYBO will also be selling new t-shirts, new hats and will have some special deals on miscellaneous FYBO apparel.

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