The festivities began with a parade of players at Eells Stadium. Antioch's Cub Scout Troop 151 then presented the colors and Angelia Reeves performed the Star Spangled Banner on the flute.
Keynote speaker Don Mayjoffo, who has been involved with Antioch East Little League for over 40 years, spoke of the rich history of Little League baseball in Antioch. He also announced the tentative plan for Antioch West Little League and Antioch East Little League to merge into one league to better serve the youth of the city.
"I think the two leagues combining into one league is a good thing," said Antioch West Little League vice president Dennis Felix. "It will help get more kids involved in Little League who might not join because they're concerned with being in the same league as their friends."
Before wrapping up the ceremony and officially getting the season underway, the league paid a special tribute to the East Senior Girls Softball team, winners of the District 4 Tournament last season. The Senior Girls division provides competition for girls 13 to 16.
Antioch West Little League ended its opening-day celebration with a time-honored baseball tradition - the ceremonial first pitch. Anisa Bouslog and Chase East threw the two first pitches of the season to Gloria Cervantes and Derek Lanter.