On Saturday morning 492 players from 47 team paraded onto the Red Steven Field at Carl Sandburg School for the Fort Hunt Little League Baseball Opening Day ceremony. The president of Fort Hunt Little League Paul Murphy introduced the teams as they lined up at the baseline. Dick Anderson and Joe Gililland of the Fort Hunt Sportsmen’s Association presented a $1,000 to the league. Dean Mitchell was awarded the 2011 Paul A. Massey Volunteer of the Year Award. The award, named after Paul Massey who in 2005 lost his five-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, is presented to a volunteer whose contributions over time exemplify the best ideals of the Little League. Previous Massey Award winners were also present and included: Mike Viilo and Don Essex (2003), Jim Sullivan (2004), Steve and Libby Lord (2005), Michael Lewan (2006), John Donaldson (2007), Tony Albano (2008), Barry Meuse (2009) and Rene Belanger (2010). Mitchell was joined by his wife Maggie in leading the parents and volunteers in the Little League Pledge. The Mitchell boys: Campbell, Henry and Porter led the players in the Little League Pledge. West Potomac Varsity Baseball Manager Jim Sullivan introduced the players on the 2012 Wolverine squad. Upcoming events include two future Wolverine Baseball Nights at West Potomac: Friday, April 20 Varsity game vs. TC Williams and May 4 Junior Varsity game vs. South County. Baseball nights include free admission for all FHLL’s wearing their uniform shirts and $1 off coupon for the concession stand.