Easley Little League celebrates 30 years

EASLEY — Easley Little League celebrated its 30th anniversary Saturday with an opening day celebration kicking off the 2011 season at the J.B. “Red” Owens Complex.

Thousands of games have been played since April 1981, when the Easley Recreation Departmetn switched over to Little League Baseball. Gregg Powell, current president of the Easley Little League, gives credit to Randy Bray and John Tutt for bringing Little League to Easley in 1981.

Bray and Tutt were among the former players, coaches, parents and fans in attendance at Easley Little League’s opening day Saturday, which kicked off with 10 a.m. opening ceremonies and continued with afternoon games in several age divisions throughout the day.

Since 1981, Easley Little League teams have won many district and state titles and even made an appearance in the 2009 World Series.

“As president of the league in 2011, I would like to thank Randy and John, the mayor and city council in 1981 for having the foresight to get Easley into Little League Baseball,” Powell said. “I also would like to thank all the participants, coaches, parents, league officials, previous Easley Little League boards and anyone that has ever had a part in this great organization.”