T-Ball in the Cayman Islands has quietly been making strides.
The Cayman Islands Little League T-Ball division started in mid-February with 120 kids. All would join seven teams sponsored by Appleby, Butterfield Bank, Conyers, Dill and Pearman, Esso, GCM, KM Ltd and Scotiabank.
Team Butterfield’s head coach Cheyenna Stewart is boasting the most girls again for the second consecutive year with eight girls out of a team of 17.
“I love coaching girls, having my own daughter playing I understand how to work with them,” Stewart said. “It takes a different coaching style than boys, but once you get them confident, they are like machines on the field and hit and run very well. Game one brought so much excitement! The new players were a little nervous at first but after the first inning they were hitting the balls and running the bases like professionals. Kids at age 5-6 are great to work with. They are like little sponges soaking up all you tell them. You teach them the rules and show them what they need to do and they just do it with no questions asked.”
Among the Butterfield girls are Reyah Stewart. Another team relying on girl power is team GCM, behind the likes of Stephanie Menko and Nya Roberts. Conyers sport lady prodigies like Kayjunette Campbell and Demae Lee.
The league has seen a number of players do well. Dylan Watler, Marcus Gabriel Lagman and fielding whiz Ashiya Rankin star for GCM, Justin Parsons and LeAndre McKay shine for Conyers.
Special mention goes to an extremely focused Conyers team that has had many notable performances from the likes of Louis Chung, Isaiah Whittaker and Malique O’Connor.
With April just about over, the T-Ball division has only one regular season match day left on 5 May. On 12 May, there will be Kids versus Parents on each of the teams. Game times are Saturday mornings at 8.30am.
On 25 May, there will be the annual T-Ball All-Star Game at 5.30pm under the lights at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.