The East Bay Little League kicked off their spring season with an opening ceremony at the end of February.

March is here and the promise of spring is in the air. It’s time to put away jackets, sweaters and other winter paraphernalia and get ready to break out the sporting equipment to prepare for the spring league seasons to start.

In honor of their spring season, the East Bay Little League organization held its opening ceremony celebration at the end of February. The family friendly event had a variety of fun activities for everyone to enjoy, including live music, dunk tanks, food and beverages, a youth and coach home run derby and more. There was also a raffle and door prizes for all those who attended. 

East Bay Little League was founded in 1971 by south county area residents. “The organization is home to an average of 700-800 youth baseball and softball players per season,” said Cheri Wilder, secretary of East Bay Little League. The number of participants and coaches involved in the organization makes it one of the largest Little League facilities in Hillsborough County.

The organization has both a fall and a spring season, with practices and games taking place at Vance Vogel Park in Gibsonton. The fall season runs from September to mid-November and is more instructional whereas the spring season runs from the end of February through mid-May and is a bit more formal.

“Not only do we have youth baseball and softball leagues, this season we are also proud to offer a Challenger division,” said Wilder. The Challenger division is a group for physically and mentally challenged youths between the ages of five-22. Each child in the program will be paired up with a buddy, who will help run bases, hit the ball and just have fun.

Vance Vogel Park is located at 13012 Bullfrog Creek Rd. in Gibsonton. For more information visit its Website at The organization’s direct mailing address is East Bay Little League P.O. Box 2395, Riverview, FL 33568.

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