Local little league honoured its players over the weekend.
The Field of Dreams facility in George Town would see the Cayman Islands Little League stage its end-of-season awards ceremonies and all-star games. The occasion officially wrapped up little league’s 22nd season in Cayman.
Hundreds of kids were honoured across five age divisions. Every player got a medal while team awards, ‘Most Improved’ and ‘Best Sportsmanship’ trophies were also handed out.
A number of companies were acknowledged for their involvement. The Pony division had Appleby, Burger King, Global Captive Management, Deloitte, UBS and Vigoro Nursery. The Minors division had Butterfield, Cashwiz, Dart, KPMG, Island Paving and Re/Max Cayman Islands. The majors group had Bodden Beverages, Digicel, Home Gas and Maples. The girls softball competition got sponsorship from Conyers, Esso, First Caribbean International Bank and Kirk Freeport. At press time the sponsor list for the seniors group was unavailable.
Each of the division coordinators are as follows: Paul Gallagher (minors), Alero Abrams (majors), Jason Bechard (juniors), Jon DaCosta (seniors) and Jeremy Rice (girls softball).
The awards night would see a number of interesting developments. The 2011 George Rivers award, given to a long-serving Little League volunteer with great attitude, went to Jeremy Rice. The honour is named after Caymanian George Rivers who had all four of his kids involved in little league and handled many duties from coaching to umpiring.
Paul Gallagher was introduced as the new president of little league, taking over from Jim Parham. He is surrounded by a new board as Jeff Pouchie is vice president, Jason Bechard is treasurer, Tanya Dube is secretary, Alan Markoff returns as co-ed softball coordinator, Rob Harris is baseball commissioner, John Cridland is girl’s programme commissioner, Sara Mackay is marketing director and Pam Parson is fundraising director.
It was also announced that Cayman is competing in the Caribbean Little League 11-12 Championships (a qualifier for the Little League World Series). That competition takes place in St Thomas 8-17 July.