Youngsters battle in Puerto Rico

This week the Cayman Islands Little
League is taking part in a huge regional tournament. At stake is a chance to
make it to one of international baseball’s biggest youth tournaments.

A travel team made up of 11 and 12
year-olds from Cayman is in Humacao, Puerto Rico taking part in the Caribbean
regional qualifiers for the Little League World Series. Of the 13 youngsters
donning Cayman jerseys, three stand out in James Alexander Green, Sean Michael
McField and Kevin Redden.

Green, 11, is a five-year veteran
of Litle League baseball. The son of Jonathan and Joy Green is one of the
yonger members of the team. Nevertheless the Cayman International Student is
confident he can perform well in Puerto Rico.

“Counting Puerto Rico, I’ve been on
five travel teams. It’s all about playing at a higher level. I love pitching
though I’m everywhere really, I’m what it is called a utility player. I’m
inspired to take the field by my favourite player and pitcher Roy Halladay. I
never forget it’s nine guys on the move on the field. By getting to this point
through baseball we can show Cayman is not just a small island.”

This week’s tournament marks the
first time Cayman rubs shoulders with established baseball powers like Puerto
Rico and Aruba. Though Cayman may be a minnow confidence is not in short supply
among the players. McField, 12, is affectionately known as Big Pappie and
states he will try his best.

“I have been on three travels teams
in the past and I enjoy playing on this stage because it allows me the
opportunity to travel to different places and get to meet different people. We
have the opportunity to make this trip special and I assure you that we will go
to play baseball to the best of our ability. My favorite sport is baseball.
This Puerto Rico trip is part of my goal to go to college and one day become a
professional baseball player.”

The New Horizons student is the son
of Latoya Whittaker and Christopher McField. The first baseman has been in
Little league for four years and wants to be like his favourite player Prince

“The pro baseball player that
inspires me the most is Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers. My favourite
jersey number is 28 because he wears it. I love to be at first base because he
plays the same position as me and he is also a great hitter.”

Like McField, Redden looks up to
pro players who can hold their own at the plate and in the field. The Triple C
student’s favourites are former Yankee and current Anaheim Angel Hideki Matsui
and current Yankee star Alex Rodriguez. The son of Kiria Bodden and Collin
Redden states he loves to play baseball.

“Counting Charlotte I’ve been on
two travel teams. I enjoy it because I get to play baseball, travel to other
countries and meet other kids that love the sport. Those trips make our dreams
come true. I’ve been involved in Little League for three years and I’ve been in
right-field, cetner-field and at pitcher. I prefer being in center-field.”


Green is confident.
Photo: Submitted