While the Hillsboro Hops season begins next Friday, baseball was back in the city of Portland Friday night.
The Portland Pickles held their home opener at the renovated Walker Stadium in Lents Park and Mayor Charlie Hales threw out the inaugural first pitch.
The Pickles are a college wood-bat summer league team in the Great West League.
Outside of their 30 home games, the refurbished, 60-year-old field can be used by anyone in the city.
"Lents Park is a treasure and an anchor for this neighborhood. For this to happen here, 150 years after baseball started in the Northwest? That's about as good as it get," said Mayor Hales.
"Some people said, 'Pickles? That's crazy'. And I think we said, you're right. It's crazy, it's fun and now I think people are thinking Pickles and think nothing of it," said Pickles co-owner Ken Wilson.
The Pickles home opening series continues on Saturday with a post-game fireworks display.
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