Captains salute the Coast Guard during Nautical Day

CLEVELAND - Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Opritza, an electronics technician from Electronics Support Detachment, Cleveland; Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Hutton and Petty Officer 3rd Class Elisha Smith, storekeepers from Base Support Detachment, Cleveland; and Petty Officer 1st Class Rich Forte, a marine science technician from Marine Safety Unit, Cleveland, present colors before a Lake County Captains game, June 3, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The ceremonial first pitch is a longstanding baseball tradition, in which a guest of honor throws a ball to mark the end of pregame festivities and the start of the game.

Before a Lake County Captains game on Sunday, Cleveland-area Coast Guardsmen presented the colors and special guests were given the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial ball. It was the Captains’ Family Fun Sunday and Nautical Day.

CLEVELAND - Retired Petty Officer 2nd Class Marge Vandestadt, a food service specialist who served for 22 years as a member of the Coast Guard Reserve, Lt. Glenn Goetchius, who recently returned from deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. his daughter, and his wife, Lt. Yamaris Barril, a member of the 9th District prevention division, stand on the field with Skipper, official mascot of the Lake County Captians before throwing out ceremonial first pitches at a Captains game, June 3, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Opritza, an electronics technician from Electronics Support Detachment, Cleveland; Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Hutton and Petty Officer 3rd Class Elisha Smith, storekeepers from Base Support Detachment, Cleveland; and Petty Officer 1st Class Rich Forte, a marine science technician from Marine Safety Unit, Cleveland, presented colors as part of the pregame festivities.

Lt. Glenn Goetchious, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing, who recently returned from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, appeared with his wife, Lt. Yamaris Barril, a member of the 9th Coast Guard District’s prevention division, and their daughter.

Retired Petty Officer 2nd Class Marge Vandestadt, a food service specialist who served two years in the Army and 22 years in the Coast Guard Reserve, was also present and threw out a first pitch.

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