White Rock singer Mark Donnelly mingles with the crowd at White Rock South Surrey Minor Softball's opening day ceremonies Saturday.

White Rock singer Mark Donnelly mingles with the crowd at White Rock South Surrey Minor Softball's opening day ceremonies Saturday.

Play ball – softball season begins in South Surrey

White Rock-South Surrey Minor Softball Association officially kicked off its 2012 season with Opening Day ceremonies at Sunnyside Park.

Popular singer Mark Donnelly – known for his renditions of O Canada at Vancouver Canucks home games – was one of a number of dignitaries on hand Saturday at Sunnyside Park to help celebrate White Rock-South Surrey Minor Softball Association’s opening day event.

Donnelly opened the festivities by signing the national anthem in front of about 400 parents, coaches and players.