9-yr-old Johnny Coventry to throw 1st pitch at Parma Night - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Parma boy to throw out first pitch

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PARMA, OH (WOIO) -

A 9-year-old is about to live out one of his dreams when he throws the first pitch at a major league baseball game.

Johnny Coventry, 9, of Parma, is a member of the Boys' Overhand League in Parma and plays for Axelrod Buick-GMC.

Though the first pitch is usually reserved for the mayor, Mayor Tim DeGeeter gives up this opportunity every year to let a fortunate youngster live a dream. He created a drawing for people who ordered tickets to the Parma Night Indians game and picks a name at random to throw the first pitch.

This moment is sure to never be forgotten.

Johnny's first-pitch dream will become reality at Parma Night, scheduled for Thursday, July 10 at 7:05 p.m. when the Indians face off against the New York Yankees.

Nicole Coventry, Johnny's mother, and Kathy Lucheese, his grandmother, share his excitement. " Johnny was very surprised," Lucheese said. "He said ‘I really hope the players sign the ball for me!'" She added that Johnny has been practicing his pitching. 

"This is the third year we've had the drawing for the first pitch," Mayor DeGeeter said. "When we started, we were hoping that it would increase interest in Parma Night and it has certainly done that. And it gives a lucky Parma youngster – in this case, Johnny - an opportunity he might not otherwise have had. It's been a winner all around."

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