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104th Fighter Wing, community leaders to throw first Starfires pitch

Colonel Peter T. Green, III, Vice Commander of the 104th Air National Guard. (WNG File Photo)

WESTFIELD – The 104th Fighter Wing and community leaders from Westfield are scheduled to throw out the first pitch for the Starfires home opener, May 31, at approximately 6 p.m. at Billy Bullens Field.

The Starfires are the new Futures Collegiate Baseball team that call Westfield home. The team drew its name from the Lockhead F-94 A/B/C Starfire, flown at Barnes from 1954 to 1958. The Starfires are part of the seven-team circuit in the summer collegiate league.

The distinguished guests scheduled to throw out the first pitch include Westfield Mayor Brian P. Sullivan, 104th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Peter T. Green III, Sen. Donald F. Humason, Rep. John Velis and President of the Westfield Bank James Hagan.

“The 104th Fighter Wing is honored to have one of its historic fighters based at Barnes Air National Guard Base selected for the team name. Westfield loves baseball and the 104th and I know all of us are fortunate to have the Starfires in our hometown,” said Green

During the 7th inning, the Starfire’s will honor MSgt. Christopher Lynch of the 104th Fighter Wing who recently returned from deployment. The 104th Fighter Wing Honor Guard will present the colors during the pregame.

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