By PAMELA CODY
Special to the PRESS
Proudly wearing their team uniforms, boys and girls of all ages gathered at the Laguna Madre Water District parking lot last Saturday to officially kick off the start of the 2016 Laguna Madre Little League (LMLL) season. Led by a fire truck from the Port Isabel Fire Department, all the players and their families marched in a parade down the road to the diamond where many of their games will be played.
The season began Monday, April 11 and will continue throughout the end of the school year, 12 teams with a total of around 200 players will compete against various other Little League teams in the Rio Grande Valley. The age groups are 4-6 T-ball, 6-8 coach pitch, minor and major softball and 13-14 junior baseball. The president of the LMLL, Raul “Cowboy” Loera, Jr., led the parade and addressed the assembled crowd at the park, thanking the families, coaches and sponsors for supporting the league.
Many parents were on hand to participate in the festivities, among them Billy Stull, whose 9-year-old son, Jamison, is a player on the Laguna Bob Longhorns, coached by Jim Leo. “We’re undefeated,” he deadpanned, “I’m going to say that as long as I can!” he said with a laugh.
When asked if he played in the Little League as a child, Stull joked, “Oh, yeah, I was a famous pitcher in a 4-block area.”
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