Newport Gulls return to Cardines Field after lost COVID season

NEWPORT — “They’re itching to get back in,” a ticket seller said from inside the booth as a small line formed an hour before first pitch at Cardines Field on Monday night.

A crisp pre-game fielding practice took place before Newport Gulls general manager Chuck Paiva took the microphone near pitcher’s mound. “Ladies and gentleman,” he said, “it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say this: ‘Welcome to Cardines Field.’ Let’s give everybody in the stands and on the field a great hand.”

Newport Gulls outfielder Sam Cochrane follows ball while batting for Newport in the first inning of Monday's home opener at Cardines Field.

With that, the 1,357 fans in attendance stood and applauded. Then three educators each threw out a first pitch on Teachers Appreciation Night. The Color Guard, consisting of active duty members from the Newport Naval War College, marched onto the field and Thompson Middle School band director Don Chilton trumpeted in the Newport Gulls 20th season as a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League at Cardines Field with a perfect rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner”

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