The 2013 Dracut Girls Softball League season opened with an emotional ceremony to pay tribute to Dracut’s first responders. Softball players, family, friends, firefighters and police officers joined together, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the national anthem after taking a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“This is one way we can thank all those who protect and take care of us every day,” said Angels coach Mike “Marino” Marchionda.

NEMLAC SWAT and Dracut Police Sgt. Jonathan Seamans was accompanied by his sons David and Corey onto to the Monahan Complex Field to throw out the season’s first pitch to his daughter Kelsey.

“We wanted to let our law enforcement officials know we support them and appreciate their extraordinary service throughout the events of the past few weeks,” added Marino. “We raised $200 so far for the One Fund to support the Marathon bombings victims and we will keep the donation collecting going through our tournaments at the Monahan fields on the weekend of 4/27-4/28 and 5/4-5/5. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.”