The 2014 Little League Baseball season in Big Horn County will kick off this Saturday with opening day ceremonies at the East Little League Complex in Lovell.
Team photos will begin at 8 a.m., and the first game of the season will be played at 9 a.m. pitting the Big Horn Federal Cubs against the Greybull/Basin team in a Majors game.
League President Doug Arnold noted that there will be both a North and South division this year, with Greybull/Basin and Otto/Burlington coming under the North Big Horn Little League charter for the first time.
“We started working on it a couple of years ago,” Arnold said. “I told the (Little League) district administrator that there was a pocket in the Basin that wasn’t part of official Little League Baseball yet.”
Greybull league president Ken Wright embraced the idea last year, Arnold said, as the North officials worked to rework the league’s constitution and the borders of the league charter, which would allow South Big Horn County teams to come under the charter so they wouldn’t have to buy their own, separate insurance.
Games will be played this season at both ends of the county.
Arnold said the North Division will consist of two Majors and five Minors teams, while the South Division will have two Majors and two Minors teams in the form of the Greybull/Basin and Otto/Burlington teams.
North Division Majors team are the Big Horn Federal Cubs, coached by Bill Pickett and Stacy Horrocks, and the Ink Spot Cardinals, coached by Jason Sumaya and Todd Herman.
South Majors coaches are Doug Crouse for Greybull/Basin and Janalee Call for Otto/Burlington, Arnold said.
In the Minors, north teams are the TCT Tigers, coached by Jared Jarrett and Nick Wilson, the CodeRed Tactical Angels, coached by Shang Clendenen and Todd Nunn, the Miller’s Fabrication Dodgers, coached by Ryan Mangus and Devon Parks, the AMCOL Braves, coached by Shem McArthur and Kelly Spann, and the Cowley Lumber Pirates, coached by Tobee Christiansen and Arnold.
Ken Wright is the Greybull/Basin Minors coach, and Call coaches the Otto/Burlington Minors team, Arnold said.
“We are still ironing out our T-ball and coach pitch teams, but based on numbers we should have five T-ball and eight coach pitch teams in the North Division,” Arnold said. “In the South Division there are two T-ball and three coach pitch teams. Opening day for T-ball and coach pitch will be May 17.”
Members of the Mangus Family, whose daughter Aavah Jude has been receiving medical treatments for congenital heart defects, will throw out the first pitch prior to the 9 a.m. Majors game between Greybull/Basin and the Big Horn Federal Cubs.
Other games include Greybull/Basin vs. the Cowley Lumber Pirates in a Minors game at 1 p.m., as well as a 1 p.m. Majors game featuring Greybull/Basin against the Cubs.
Minors games include the Miller’s Fab Dodgers against the Code Red Angels at 3 p.m. and the TCT Tigers vs. the AMCOL Braves at 3:15.
The Minors hitting challenge will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and the Majors hitting challenge will go from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There will also be a bounce house, pop toss, a $5 burger meal at the concessions stand with proceeds going to the Mangus family, a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to the Mangus family and a gun raffle with the winning ticket to be drawn at the final game on June 27. Two guns of a winner’s choice with a value up to $400 provided by CodeRed Tactical will be raffled.
All Majors and Minors teams will participate in the kickoff ceremony at 11 a.m. that includes the raising of the American flag, the pledge of allegiance, the Little League pledge and opening day remarks.
By David Peck