Young boppers need so much support

The
local little league is all about nurturing young baseball and softball talent.

To that
end many games are held on-island and youngsters have chances to attend competitions
abroad.

A
group of kids under 12 years-old hope to make it to the Caribbean
region qualifiers of the Little League World Series but they need help raising
funds.

This
July a team from the Cayman Islands Little League will be heading to Humacao, Puerto Rico to compete in the Caribbean World Series
regional tournament. The U12 team, under head coach Dayne Brady, is also
practicing non-stop to prepare for the Carolina Baseball Challenge in May as a
precursor to the Puerto Rico event.

However
the cost of travel for those tournaments is significant and the team will be
relying on fundraising efforts during the next few months to fuel their dream.

Those
efforts start this Saturday with the team holding a car wash at Countryside
Shopping Centre in Savannah
from 10am to 2pm. The public can look out for the youngsters with their “Field
The Dream” banner.

Next
Saturday coach Brady will be cooking and selling jerk chicken with the team at the
Seven Mile Public
Beach starting at 12 noon.

For
the record the team of youngsters is a competitive and experienced group. Most
have played together in past tournaments in Orlando, Miami and Chicago and have every intention of
putting Cayman on the map.

The
team consists of the top players from last October’s local little league classic
tournament. Coach Brady, who is also little league’s director of tournaments
and travel, has over 20 years experience in baseball, mainly with coaching and
umpiring.

As
he states Cayman’s little league needs international competitions to enhance
the knowledge and skill of local players.

“Little
League teaches more than baseball,” Brady said. “It teaches life lessons. Travel
is a wonderful opportunity for the players but competing off-island gives us,
the league, a chance to gauge our local talent, coaching staff and programs.

“This
travel team will have an opportunity to meet other teams from around the world
but, most importantly, they are setting goals and aspirations for the young
players who are coming up through our local divisions.”

The
significance of the trip is not lost on the players either. First baseman Sean
McField wants to play professional baseball and relief pitcher James Green
talks about one day having a scholarship to a top university.

Catcher
Cameron McWatt likes the idea of travelling and playing baseball. He says it is
great “getting an opportunity to travel to different countries, meeting kids
from all over the world, making friends – all while playing my favourite sport
of baseball.”

Pablo
Bertran, one of the league’s promising lead pitchers, wants “a chance to play
some great baseball, win some games and develop as a player while seeing new
places.”

The
youngsters practice every Saturday and Sunday at the Field of Dreams in George Town in addition
to playing with their regular league teams during the week. It shows a huge
commitment from them, their parents and their coaches.

To
support the team, please contact Margot Weber at [email protected]

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