5/8/2014 4:11:00 PM Opening day honors Calzadillas, Dockins
Photo by Erik Pague Shawn Prickett, son of the late Fred Calzadillas, shakes hands with the Othello High School varsity baseball team during a ceremony honoring his father and family at Lions Park Saturday, April 26.
Photo by Erik Pague Family members of Fred Calzadillas receive hugs and kind words from Othello Youth Baseball/Softball League board member Pete Guzman during a ceremony held at Lions Park Saturday, April 26.
Hundreds of little league baseball and softball players got up early Saturday, April 26, to welcome in the 2014 season with a parade down Main Street to the fields at Lions Park. Once everyone arrived, Othello Youth Baseball/Softball League honored two locals and their families for the years of time they've committed to the young athletes in town. OYBS Board member Shane Provost first honored Ken Dockins who has served as president of the group in the past. "Ken made numerous sacrifices to ensure the youth of our community would continue to be able to play baseball and softball," Provost said to the gathered crowd. "The board of directors would like to express our greatest gratitude to Ken and his family for the sacrifices they made to make sure the youth in our community could play ball and we're proud to be able to carry on your legacy." Next, Provost welcomed the family of the late Fred Calzadillas, who became one of the most beloved and successful coaches in Othello history before passing away last fall. Calzadillas was involved with OYBS for 36 years and due to his dedication, will rename one of the ball fields in his honor and installed a plaque on Field No. 3 - now known as the Fred Calzadillas Field. "This will provide a permanent token of appreciation for all the time he invested at these very fields and his dedication to this league and our community's youth," Provost said. Members of the Othello High School varsity baseball and softball teams - many of whom had been coached by Fred - stepped forward and shared some hugs and kind words with the Calzadillas family before the first pitch was thrown.