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Chantilly Little League Kicks Off New Season

Catie Kelley threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Catie Kelley threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Photo By Tom Manning/The Connection

Chantilly Youth Association Little League (CYALL) began its 50th season with an Opening Day ceremony on April 6 at Preston Pierce Field in Chantilly. Rob Fitzhugh, CYALL President, welcomed all the players, coaches, families and friends in attendance. Players from Chantilly and Oakton High Schools greeted the little leaguers as they paraded onto the field with their teams.

The Chantilly American team, managed by Tom Phillips and coached by Brandon Caywood and Drew Tilley, received special on-field recognition for winning the 2018 9-11 Year Old Virginia District 10 Championship last July.

Catie Kelley threw out the ceremonial first pitch to catcher Luke Tilley. The CYALL Vice Presidents selected the 12 year olds who are playing in their last little league season.

Opening Day game photos are from Coach Charles Shepherd’s Machine Pitch (MP) Nationals as they took on Coach Greg Hessel's MP Nationals.

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Tee ball coach Sean Niehoff with his twins Phil and Ella at the conclusion of the Opening Day ceremony at Preston Pierce Field on April 6.

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Benjamin Manning fields a ground ball at second base and prepares to throw it to first.

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Eli Condit reacts as he catches a machine-pitched ball.

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Samuel S. receives high fives from varsity players as he leads the way for his team during the Opening Day ceremony at Preston Pierce Field on April 6.

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Dominik Cline makes good contact with the ball for a single.

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Quinn Shepherd sprints home from third base to score a run.