ABSECON — Sure signs of spring include flowers blooming, the days getting longer and opening day at the ballpark.

Saturday is Opening Day for the South Jersey Field of Dreams, as they begin their 14th baseball season for children with physical and cognitive disabilities.

A ceremonial "first pitch" will cross home plate at 11 a.m., then it's "play ball", with athletes batting twice, hitting the ball off a tee, and running the bases.

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"This year, we have 285 players on 14 different teams," said South Jersey Field of Dreams CEO Barry Hackett.

Five years ago, the baseball field got an upgrade with state-of-the-art astroturf to provide an accessible and realistic playing field. This year, Hackett said the Field of Dreams will soon include an exercise trail for parents and children to use, as well as a free miniature golf course. 

To get the ballpark ready for Opening Day, volunteers from Comcast will be helping as a part of the company's Comcast Cares Day. 

"They'll be doing the weeding, mulching, putting up banners," said Hackett "whatever they are willing to do to help".

The eight week league plays on Saturdays and Sundays at the Pitney Recreational Park at 1000 Morton Ave. 

The 2017 game schedule can be found at southjerseyfieldofdreams.com

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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