20 seasons in the books for local Little League

The
Cayman Islands Little League wrapped up its 20th season of free baseball
programs for kids by holding their annual end-of-season All-Star games and
awards Picnic on Saturday, 29 May at the Field of Dreams. 

Under
a big tent, each of the 400 players, their coaches and sponsor representatives
(33 teams spread across six divisions) came forward to the applause of 400
supporting family and friends. Coaches talked about their team’s season and
progress and received photo plaques. Players received a custom Cayman 2010
baseball pin, an old baseball tradition. Players in uniform also received a hot
dog and drink.

Trophies
were given to the team that finished the season in first place in each division
as well as the team that won their division tournament. Only in the girls
division did one team ‘do the double’, earning both trophies. T-ball is an
exception, as no scores were kept in games (so the tykes can have fun and learn
the basics of the game).

The
‘Most Improved’ and Best Sportsmanship’ were recognized on each team. Many
coaches said with the improvement and good attitudes by so many of the players,
it was hard to chose. Jim Parham, President of the local Little League said:
“All the kids learn and improve so much each season; we couldn’t do it without
the army of volunteers, especially the umps. Baseball is such a great mix of
both individual and team effort. The commitment shown by everyone is what makes
it such a great success.  We thank them
all and the sponsors.”    

The
old sports cry of “wait until next year” was the call of the evening as final
goodbyes to coaches and team-mates reverberated throughout the crowd.

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