Harrington Little League celebrates end of Tiny T-Ball season

HARRINGTON – Last Wednesday night, June 6, Harrington Little League wrapped up its inaugural “Tiny T-Ball” season with an end-of-season celebration at the ballpark.

The league, in its first year with the Harrington Little League organization, consists of four teams made up of six players and is strictly a T-ball league for four-year-olds.

“We decided to call it ‘Tiny T-Ball’ and we had just four-year-olds in the league,” Harrington Little League president Jenna Finney said Wednesday night. “I think it really went well this year. We had some things we had to work out – like we had to get all of the parents involved and we only put six kids per team.”

Maddie Studzinski, a player for Burke Equipment, fields a grounder during Wednesday night’s Tiny T-Ball season finale (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

With other little league organizations in the area, such as Dover and Smyrna, putting together four-year-old leagues, Ms. Finney thought it’d be a good idea to do so as well.

Ms. Finney said every parent was happy to get involved with the program and help make 2018 a successful first season.

“Every single parent got involved and was on the field with the kids, it was just awesome and we had a great time this year,” she said. “I’ve been to a few of the games and they have just had a good time, some of the kids were more eager than others.”

During the evening’s festivities, which got underway shortly after 6 p.m., all four teams were honored with a brief pre-game ceremony.

Each child’s name was called out by Ms. Finney over the loudspeaker as they were escorted from the dugout onto the field by a player from one of the Senior League teams.

After the ceremony, the Burke Equipment team and Women of The Moose team played each other in a one-inning game.

The other two teams in the league, Quality Exteriors and Harrington Moose, played a one-inning game as well.

Bailee Pennington, of Quality Exteriors, watches the ball as she makes contact during Wednesday night’s action (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

The evening was capped off with trophies being presented to each child by Ms. Finney and Don Chambers from the Harrington Moose Lodge.

With a successful 2018 season in the books, Harrington Little League is excited to make the Tiny T-Ball league a regular option in the coming years.

“We did it because we were losing kids,” Ms. Finney said of the reason the league was launched. “Not so much the younger ones, but when they get to the point when they are in Major League they start doing their own thing and they leave the league. So, we’re basically trying to do things to promote the league. We’re going to do it again next year. We had a great group of parents, like I said, every single one of them were involved.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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