A group of Cayman Little Leaguers
are in Puerto Rico this week, competing in a major regional tournament.
Roughly 13 players are in Humacao,
Puerto Rico, taking part in the Caribbean regional qualifiers for the Little
League World Series. Cayman takes on their Caribbean counterparts 3-10 July.
Three of the players of note are
Pablo Bertran, Finigan Huffington and Connor Woods. Pablo, 12, is a student at
St. Ignatius Catholic school. The son of Sarah and Juan Bertran has been on
four travel teams during his eight years in the local Little League. The
pitcher/short-stop states his favourite experience was last year in Chicago for
the White Sox clinic.
“My most memorable travel team was
last year’s Chicago side,” he said. “I
enjoyed representing my country there. Also I got to be around my favourite
team the Chicago White Sox. Baseball is the best sport ever and I thank all of
the sponsors for supporting our baseball team.
“My favorite player is Alexei
Ramirez, though Jim Thome is the pro player that has inspired me the most. My
favourite jersey number is actually 15 because it’s the day of the month I was
born and some good players have that number.”
Finigan, 11, attends Leading Edge.
The son of Finigan and Ofelia Huffington says his favourite player is Roy
Halladay, and he talked about his own three years in local baseball.
“I’ve been on four travel teams and
I enjoy them because you get to know other ball players and I enjoy facing
strong teams,” he said. “My most memorable moment was going to Disney in
Orlando and playing in Chicago. I’m an all-around ball player, though I only
play in the infield sometimes. The only other thing I can say is my favourite
jersey number is 21 because that is my birthday.”
Connor, 12, has been in Little
League for six years. The son of Cliff and Sue Woods, he attends Cayman
International School and has been on three travel teams. Inspired by Gordon
Beckham and his favourite team the White Sox, Connor said he loves to play
“I like travel team because it
shows that even if we have a small island that likes soccer instead of
baseball, we can still rise up to the competitions. I play pitcher, shortstop,
and third base and I’m inspired by Jackie Robinson because he showed that
anybody can play baseball.”