Wow! Ocracoke's first ever Little League baseball team, the Raptors, has won their division's championship game. Consider this: not only is this the island's first ever Little League team, but most of these boys (maybe all of them) had never played on an organized team before. And...they didn't even have a regulation size field to practice on. Island property owners Keith & Isabel McDermott graciously offered their spacious front lawn for practice (the pitcher and outfielders had a spectacular view of the Ocracoke lighthouse!).
The Raptors (15 boys aged 10-12) are part of the Cal Ripkin Division of the Hatteras island Babe Ruth Little League. The Division includes three Hatteras Island teams and the Ocracoke team. The Raptors finished in second place for the season, then defeated the other teams in a double elimination playoff to secure the season's championship.
Now the community is exploring options for securing a permanent multipurpose playing field for baseball and other sporting events. Donations and requests for information can be sent to Vince O'Neal, PO Box 74, Ocracoke, NC 27960. Please make checks payable to Ocracoke Youth Center. For more information please call 252-921-0112.
Many thanks to Karen Lovejoy who started the baseball program at the Youth Center, Vince O'Neal, team manager, and coaches Brian Samick, Bill Cole, Adam Carter, and John Kattenburg.
Team members are Dylan Sutton, Carson O'Neal, Robbie Sampson, Spencer Gaskins, William Caswell, Adam Sitterson, Eldon Robinson, Matteus Gilbert, Juan Morales, Jeyson Resendiz, Darvin Contreras, Matt Kalna, Kalai Samick, Kyle Tillet, & Jordi Perez.
Congratulations to all of the boys, and their manager and coaches!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the autobiography of Frank Treat Fulcher. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052111.htm.