Historic pitch on Opening Day

Historic pitch on Opening Day
NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor shakes hands with Frances Thoburn, catcher for the softball league’s 12-u Wildcats.

Opening day kicked off Feb. 24 at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, as the ceremonies for the Navy Ortega Lakeshore’s (NOL) debut games and opening action began its 58th season. With the ceremonial first pitch, NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor threw out a pitch that made history. It was the first opening day pitch caught by a female player since the founding of the league.

Connor welcomed the crowd before throwing out the pitch and shared some thoughts about his commitment to the league. “Obviously this partnership we have with NOL is the oldest and most important partnership we have. Since 1960, NAS Jax has supported this league and the players. We are committed to ensure that partnership continues into the future. To all the coaches and players, have a great season, work hard, play hard and most importantly, have fun,” he said, following the presentation of colors, awards, and the national anthem.

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