On April 12, hundreds gathered at the Noblesville Youth Baseball Field of Dreams facility off Ind. 32 and Hazel Dell Road to celebrate the organization’s opening day.
Each year, the event invites players and their families to mark the start of the season with a special ceremony and festival activities like bounce houses, face painting, music, a National Guard touch-a-truck event and a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter flyover and landing.
This year, the event also featured Ella Whistler, the student survivor of the May 25, 2018, Noblesville West Middle School shooting, throwing the first pitch of the season. In addition, trombonists from the Noblesville High School band performed the National Anthem after NYB introduced its teams and players.