Sluggers prep for new season

Local Little League is getting ready for its latest campaign.

The Cayman Islands Little League Association is staging registration for the 2015 Spring season. Tryouts have been taking place for kids ages 5-17 this month at the Field of Dreams and will continue in the new year. The final set of evaluations, geared for all age divisions, are taking place on Jan. 3 from noon until 3 p.m. and Jan. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The competition will be broken down into a variety of segments. Kids aged 5-6 are put into T-Ball and do not need to be evaluated. The Pony division for kids aged 7-10, the Single A division caters to ages 9-10, the Double A division is for ages 11-12 and the Triple A division is for ages 13-15, with boys able to play up until age 16. Girls softball caters to young women aged 11-17 and there are plans for a Young Men’s League for boys aged 16-20, pending registration numbers.

Youngsters are expected to storm the field for competitive matches in late January, with the season running until early June.

It will mark the 26th Little League campaign, which offers free ball programs for local children.

Participants can also receive discount cards on evaluation days. A bundle of nine cards costs $40 per player while six cards cost $25 if more than one child in a given household registers. They can be resold for $5 each.

A number of teams did well last year. For example, Encompass won the Pony regular season title with only one loss in 10 games. Conyers, Dill and Pearman – behind pitcher Daneliz Thomas – dominated the girls softball division along with Global Captive Management.

The association’s coed softball league will launch its winter 2015 season in January. The competition will be under new leadership as Lori Moncrieffe is taking over as coordinator from Alan Markoff. Moncrieffe, a stalwart of the women’s fast-pitch program and local Little League in general, will be forming a five-person committee. Erwin Freeland is already confirmed as a committee member, with Markoff serving as an adviser for the group.

For more information on local Little League, call Latoya McField on 916-5643

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