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Ketchikan Junior League All-Star shortstop Van McGarrigan covers second base, as Juneau All-Star Caden Mesdag safely steals the bag on July 18, 2019 at Walker Field. The Ketchikan Little League season opener is scheduled for Monday at Walker Field. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. Photo by Hall Anderson

It’s been a long time since Ketchikan has seen a live sporting event in town — nearly three months to the day.

But that will come to an end Monday evening, as the Ketchikan Little League baseball season is scheduled to begin at Norman Walker Field. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

The Ketchikan Little League baseball and softball seasons were put on hold, along with the rest of the sports world, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus earlier this year.

Registration, which had already began, was halted until early May.

Ketchikan Little League and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough worked on mitigation plans, which had to comply with state mandates, to help get the season underway, and practices began in late May.

More than 300 kids signed up to play in Ketchikan’s baseball and softball divisions this year.

Ketchikan’s All-Star tournaments have been canceled due to Little League Baseball and Softball officially announcing the cancellation of its World Series and regional tournaments on April 30. But the Ketchikan Little League season will stretch later into the summer. Typically, the season finishes in late June.

Monday’s season opener is weather permitting. There is a slight chance of rain.