The Decatur Women’s Sports League opened its softball season on March 14 with a small ceremony to dedicate the season to the late chef Ria Pell.

Vibeke Pell, Ria Pell’s mother, threw out the first pitch to get the season started. This season also marks the first year for the Bluebirds team in the league, named for Pell’s restaurant, Ria’s Bluebird.

Ria Pell died in November.

The Decatur Women’s Sports League each year dedicates its proceeds to the Health Initiative, an LGBT organization that provides health screenings and assistance to those who have no funds to receive healthcare.

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