League dedicates season to slain officers

April 5, 2009 2:36:05 PM PDT
The Bay Area Baseball League held an opening day ceremony in Fremont on Sunday to kick off a new season dedicated to four Oakland police officers who were shot and killed on March 21.

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The league will honor Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans, Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege. Police said they were killed by 26-year-old Oakland resident Lovelle Mixon, an ex-felon who was wanted on a no-bail warrant for allegedly violating his parole by failing to meet with his parole officer.

The incident began when Dunakin and Hege made a traffic stop on Mixon at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard shortly after 1 p.m. that day.

Mixon was killed at the end of his confrontation with police.

The baseball players commenced Sunday's 9 a.m. game at Northgate Park with a minute of silence, a tradition they will repeat before each game throughout the season.

The league consists of two divisions forming 20 teams with high school and college level players.

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