Little League Parade of Champions set in Mt. Pleasant
A parade that will include District 9 Little League all-stars will make its way through Mt. Pleasant at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The 2015 Parade of Champions is the idea of District Administrator Robert Swope, who said it is a way to recognize the hard work and success of the Pennsylvania District 9 Little League baseball and softball champions.
“It's the first year that we're doing anything like this,” Swope said. “I just wanted to recognize the Mt. Pleasant Little League 11- and 12-year-olds who won the championship for their age, as well as the hard work from all the other teams.”
Mt. Pleasant Mayor Gerald Lucia said the borough is excited to host the parade as well as the section playoffs, which are scheduled at Willows Park this weekend.
“This is the first time in 62 years that the Mt. Pleasant 11- and 12-year-old all-star team has won the district championship, so we're honored to have the parade and the playoffs here,” he said.
Invited to participate in the parade were District 9 girls winners, including 11- and 12-year old-girls Little League softball champions from the Waynesburg Little League and 9- and 10-year-old girls Little League softball champions from Fairchance Little League.
District 9 boys championship teams include the Mt. Pleasant Little League 11- and 12-year-olds; Connellsville Little League 9- and 10-year-olds; the Bullskin 10- and 11-year-old team; and the 13- and 14-year-old Junior League champions from Yough.
Other participants joining District 9 in the parade include the 2015 Little League 11- and 12-year-olds from District 2, District 4 and District 26. The 11- and 12-year-old teams will be playing for the Pennsylvania Section 2 championship this weekend.
The parade will line up from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Huntingdon Place parking lot at the corner of West Main Street and Braddock Road. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. and will work its way down Main Street to the Mt. Pleasant Little League Field at Willows Park.
The Pennsylvania Section 2 finals will be a double-elimination tournament.
District 2 is represented by West Middlesex Little League; District 4 is represented by Moon Township Little League; District 9 is represented by Mt. Pleasant Little League; and District 26 is represented by West Point Little League.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.