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Ada sees huge progress in NMI Little League

OVER the last 31 years, the NMI Little League Baseball has made a huge progress according to district administrator, James Ada.

With the help of the organizing committee and the boards of Little League organizations on Saipan, Tinian and Rota, Ada once again had an opportunity to see how far the islands’ biggest youth sports program has gone through.

And the success of the district tournament on Friday and Saturday made him look back since the NMI Little League program was established in 1997.

“Since we established the program in 1997, I’ve seen a lot of developments in terms of the players,” Ada said in an interview during the closing party in which Saipan Little League hosted its Tinian and Rota counterparts on Sunday at the Kilili Beach.

Ada is so grateful to all the presidents and other members of board of directors of each island’s Little League organizations for continuously participating in the annual league.

The participating teams from Tinian, Saipan and Rota during the opening of the NMI Little League District Tournament at the Francisco Tanko Palacios Baseball Field on Friday.  Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoThe participating teams from Tinian, Saipan and Rota during the opening of the NMI Little League District Tournament at the Francisco Tanko Palacios Baseball Field on Friday. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

“Again, I want to reiterate that I am so grateful to all the Little League organizations on Saipan, Tinian and Rota. I am also proud that first lady was there to hand the trophies,” Ada said.

“I was telling all the Little League presidents why cant’s we do it again that Saipan, Tinian and Rota have the majors, senior and junior and of course the 50/ 70 divisions, and have big numbers of team competing in the tournament. I understand it is not easy, it is a volunteer job and I thank them,” Ada said.

“I’ve been in the program for the last 39 years and I see a lot of improvements, a lot of developments and a lot of potential players if they will continue,” he said adding that he admire the presidents, coaches and managers of the islands’ Little League organizations for bringing up a lot of kids to play.

For his part, district and regional tournament director Mike Borja noted how successful the district tournament was.

“We were blessed with good weather, the entire event went smoothly. No delays, everything went on schedule and there were no other glitches. Even with the food, everybody was fed so I really appreciate and thanked the boards and representatives of Saipan, Tinian and Rota Little Leagues, the organizing committee and the volunteers. I also want to thank the governor, the members of the Legislature, the mayors’ offices, Pacific Trading Company, Herman’s Bakery and Seaside Restaurant for their support and generosity,” Borja said.