Two months ago on a chilly morning in February the 2016 Little League season got underway with this year’s t-ball players taking to the field. The season ended in similar fashion on a far from chilly Saturday morning last weekend.
A handful of this year’s die-hard T-ball players were up bright and early under the hot May Florida sun, ready to take to the field at Bay Oaks for their final game of the 2016 season. Coach Heather Lodovico rounded up her troops for some pictures and handed out trophies for their efforts. The T-ballers, in their Giants and Pirates shirts, were eager to get things underway and coach Heather was encouraging them, as she had done all season. Shortly after the start of T-ball, the minor league FMB Cubs took to the field against the Bonita Springs Monsters and the final day of the 2016 season was underway.
Little League President Shannon Orlandini threw out the first pitch before the Major Boys game to officially kick off the closing day festivities. Unfortunately, the Major Boys FMB Storm (Manager Ed Frazier, Coach Kim West) fell in their final game of the season to the Bonita Springs Blue Jays 13-11, but the Major Girls FMB Sunbirds (Manager Tim Cherry, Coach Beth Cherry) were victorious over the Bonita Springs Force, 15-14. Hunter Thomas smashed a homerun well over the fence that bounced off the scoreboard in right field on Saturday. Hunter was given a Home Run award for the feat. Hunter’s teammate, Alex Lin, was given 2 Home Run awards for knocking a couple over the fence during the season. Trevor Moore was also awarded a Home Run award and on Saturday he and his Senior FMB Storm (Coach Rick Loughrey) teammates rolled over the Bonita Springs Yankees, 20-8.
Danielle and Sheryl Bowman were given Volunteer of the Year awards. Jim DeMilia was also recognized for his efforts on maintaining the “best fields in District 18,” and of course as always, volunteer umpires Charlie Whitehead, Louis Monaco and John Thompson did their part calling the games and keeping things fair.
Everyone involved was rewarded with a free lunch and access to the community pool. None of this would be possible without the hard work of the board members: Shannon Orlandini (Pres.), Charlie Whitehead (VP baseball), Tim Cherry (VP softball), Annette Dwyer (Sec.), Curtis Pickett (Treas.), and members Jack Green and Nancy Redenius.