Opening Ceremonies in the books!

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL - Several hundred players, fans and volunteers gathered to witness the 2017 Central Region Junior Softball Regional Opening Ceremonies, held Friday, 7/21 at Veterans Memorial Park.

The festivities included the parade of State Champions, a color guard provided by world-renowned Chicago-based Pipe and Drum band The Shannon Rovers, introduction of key volunteer staff, a welcome and ceremonial pitch by Mayor Don DeGraff, comments by a representative of the Southland Chamber of Commerce as well as a welcome from Sandy Ducat, Tournament Director and District Administrator of Illinois District 6 Little League.

The ceremonies also featured a 'spirit' contest where each participating team presented a cheer.  After much deliberation by the volunteer umpire staff, Wisconsin's Oak Creek Little League were declared the 2017 Tournament Spirit Winners.

Immediately following the Opening Ceremonies, the teams and fans enjoyed a donated pizza banquet featuring pizza from local favorite Aurelio's.  In addition, banquet attendees were treated to a live performance from Jonathan Moody of the Jonathan Moody Band ( who traveled from Houston to perform for the event.

Tournament competition starts Saturday, July 22 at 9am at Veterans Memorial Park.  For more information on the tournament, the teams, the schedule, please visit the tournament website at or on Facebook at