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60 kids learn baseball

NATIBU T-Ball on Saturday morning at the Capital Hill baseball field taught children the fundamentals of America’s pastime.

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The rookies wait for the start of the Natibu T-Ball tournament on Saturday at the Capital Hill baseball field.
The Little Zocai team members are ready to take on the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at the Capital Hill baseball field.

Sixty children, 4 to 8 years old, participated in the event and were cheered on by their parents and other family members.

“It is fun for the kids,” Natibu president George Camacho said, adding that they have been holding T-Ball for 10 years now.

“Kids start out clumsy,” he said. “But eventually, they start buckling down in the game.”

Northern Marianas Football Association U8 coach Bill Owens, who brought his son to try out baseball, complimented the child’s performance. “He had some pretty good hits,” said Owens. “He seemed to like the sport.”

Another island resident, Maria Mendoza, brought her nephew to explore a possible new hobby. “We are seeking new fun opportunities for him,” she said.

Elaine said she brought her son to the T-Ball event as a way for him to transition to the major divisions. “We parents hope for the best,” she added.

Due to a low number of players who showed up, the first game between the Little Zogai and the Little Twins was canceled. In the second game, some players from the Little Braves moved to the Little Ballers to even the lineup. In the third game, all the players of the Little Rascalz and the Little Rugrats showed up. It was the same case in the fourth game between the Little Rookies and the Blue Jays.

A T-Ball family fun day event will be at the Capital Hill baseball field next Saturday morning.