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Tee-ball ends 2014 with a bang

The Top 3 winners in the Home Run Derby pose for a photo. From right, champion M.J. Tomokane, second placer Jack Kalen, and third placer Joell Borja. (Jon Perez)

The Top 3 winners in the Home Run Derby pose for a photo. From right, champion M.J. Tomokane, second placer Jack Kalen, and third placer Joell Borja. (Jon Perez)


The Natibu Sports Association treated more than 50 kids to a fun-filled Labor Day weekend when the 2014 Cover Home Tee-ball League wrapped its season on last Saturday at the Capitol Hill Baseball Field.

Kids competed in various events like the ball toss, relay, tug-of-war, and the home run derby. All participants received school supplies and other giveaways as prizes.

The Little Ballers led the team winners after topping the tug-of-war event, while M.J. Tomokane, Jack Kalen, and Joell Borja were the Top 3 finishers in the Home Run Derby.

All participants then received individual trophies for their effort and practice of fair play during the entire season

League coordinator and NSA official Claire Sablan said seeing the smile on all the kids, hearing their laughter, and seeing them enjoy the event were enough consolation.

“All the hard work and sleepless nights to assure the success of the event was all worth it. The weather even cooperated and allowed everyone to have fun,” said Sablan.

“We just want to introduce the kids to the fundamentals of baseball in the hopes that most or some of them will move onto the Saipan Little League. At the same time teach them the values of sportsmanship and practice of fair play.”

Sablan added that teaching the kids to have a healthy lifestyle is also their goal. “We want the kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol, eat their fruits and vegetables and to remain fit and healthy.”

“I’m thankful to all the sponsors who donated their time and resources, and to all the parents who continue to guide and encourage these kids,” said Sablan.

Aside from the Little Ballers, the Bad Newz Braves, Little Rascalz, Little Zogai, Little Rookies, Little Sluggers, Mighty Jets, and Rug Rats are the competing teams.

Tee-ball is a team sport that introduces kids to the basics of basketball and softball. The ball is not pitched and the child hits the ball on top of a stationary tee. (Jon Perez)

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