Mothers and Children Celebrate on the Diamond

The littlest of the Little Leaguers, the Panthers take the field at the top of the first inning Saturday. The Panthers include both boys and girls. (Linda Morland photo)
The littlest of the Little Leaguers, the Panthers take the field at the top of the first inning Saturday. The Panthers include both boys and girls. (Linda Morland photo)
The first basemen for Foxy Madres stretches to make the play at first base. (Linda Morland photo)
The first basemen for Foxy Madres stretches to make the play at first base. (Linda Morland photo)

Saturday was a perfect day for baseball and softball, with cool breezes and a bright sun as players and spectators gathered at DC Canegata Ballpark in Christiansted.

Elmo Plaskett East and West joined with Little League Baseball and Softball to celebrate National Women’s History Month in March and February’s National Girls and Women in Sports, along with Mother’s Day.

While Elmo Plaskett East and West Little League celebrated 50 years of existence, numerous other special games were played.

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On Friday, at Rendholt “Rookie” Jackson Ballpark, it was Mothers versus Children, among other games.

Saturday, at DC Canegata Ballpark, a pre-Mothers’ Day celebration featured the Diamond Dolls, Lady Lions and Berries, all girls teams. In addition there was a Mothers versus Mothers game featuring The Foxy Madres and The Foxy Mamas, both teams made up of volunteer mothers of Little League players. That was followed by a Veterans Game in tribute to two softball teams from the 60s, the Twinklets and Lancers.

Bella Karalius, who played for the Diamond Dolls, and Ta’Liyah Popo, who played for the Panthers, are both aged six and in their first season of ball. The girls are classmates at Pearl B. Larsen Elementary and are enjoying the friendly rivalry. According to Liz Llanos Popo, Ta’Liyah wanted to play and she feels that “it provides character development” and is a “nice rounding” with other activities. Bella’s mother, Stephanie Karalius, said that “participating would teach team work, help hand-eye coordination” but “mostly it’s just fun.”

Among those playing in the Mothers versus Mothers game, Erica Parsons, in her first year for the game, said that “this experience helps me understand what my daughter is doing during games.”

Friends and classmates at Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School, Bella Karalius, at left withg her prized pink glove, and Ta’Liyah Pop show their playing stance after the game. Bella plays for the Panthers and Ta’Liyah for Diamond Dolls. (Linda Morland photo)
Friends and classmates at Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School, Bella Karalius, at left withg her prized pink glove, and Ta’Liyah Pop show their playing stance after the game. Bella plays for the Panthers and Ta’Liyah for Diamond Dolls. (Linda Morland photo)
The Foxy Madres mug for the camera in the dugout at the DC Canegata Ballpark. (Linda Morland photo)
The Foxy Madres mug for the camera in the dugout at the DC Canegata Ballpark. (Linda Morland photo)
Five-year-old Ivaleeze Lampe takes a full swing at the teed-up baseball as she bats for the Diamond Dolls.
Five-year-old Ivaleeze Lampe takes a full swing at the teed-up baseball as she bats for the Diamond Dolls.

 

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