Youth Baseball of Sebring once again had a successful spring baseball season. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the many volunteers, sponsors and people throughout our community that support our baseball program. We were very blessed to have thirtythree baseball teams combined from T-Ball to our 13/14 age group. Even though our regular season is over, we are into full swing with the players that made all-stars in all of the age groups.
Sebring Baseball currently has six all-star teams. The t-ball team, that was coached by Toby Taylor won their District Tournament in Avon Park. It is amazing to watch five and six year old children play baseball and witness the things that they are able to do at such a young age.
The pitching machine all-star team won their District Tournament the same weekend in Avon Park as well. This team will be advancing to the state tournament which is held in Marianna from June 30 through July 5. This will be a long journey for seven and eight year old children, but they are very eager to get there and see what they can do when competing against the best in the state.
Sebring was selected to host the Minors (9-10) and Ozone (11-12) state tournaments back in January of this year. Because of this, neither team will have to play in their district tournaments as they automatically have a berth in their respective state tournaments. It is always nice when you have that chance to play at home, this allows the players and coaches to sleep at home every night instead of a hotel. Anthony Gaines is the head coach of the Minors team and Cesar Martinez is the head coach of the ozone team. Both coaches are looking forward to getting a crack at winning a By Jon Armentrout Baseball Time Is Here Again! state championship at home this year. The tournament will run from July 6 which is opening ceremonies through July 12 which is the championship game for both age groups.
The last all-star teams that Sebring will have playing this summer is the 13 year old team that is coached by Dean Frazier and the 14 year old team that is coached by Israel Gomez. Just as the two age groups mentioned, these two teams get to play their state tournament games at home as well. I know that all of the kids enjoy going on the road to play, but this also allows the parents to continue to work instead of taking time off to travel with the team to support their children. This tournament will start with the opening ceremonies on July 13 and will end with the championship game on July 20th.
If hosting four state tournaments wasn’t enough, the Max Long Complex continues to go through renovations to accommodate the players and parents that are always out at the complex. At this time, all of the dugouts and bleachers have been removed from all six of the baseball fields. Over the next couple weeks you will see new bleachers and dugouts built to improve the overall complexion of the complex. The dugouts will help keep the players cool during their games and the bleachers will help with seating all of our wonderful fans that support our program.
Once again, none of this would be possible without the continuous support the Sebring Youth Baseball program continues to receive from the community. Because of all of you, our children continue to have a great place to play baseball. If you are interested in volunteering any of your time please let us know. We are always looking for different ideas and ways to improve everything for all of our children that play the game of baseball.