By Tamas Mondovics

As a long-time member of the Pinecrest Little League (PPL) baseball and softball program, Tyrone Morgan has seen kids with talent, dedication and commitment all playing hard as part of their growth in the sport and as members of the local community.

But while the community has grown and the league has seen its fair share of athletes coupled with an abundance of trophies accumulated over the past four decades all of which are decorating the PLL main office located at 9312 State Road 39 South in Lithia, Morgan emphasized the league’s continued presence in the community and available room to accommodate new athletes.

“Pinecrest Little League currently boasts of six playing fields and plenty of room for more players,” Morgan said adding that prior to the opening of the FishHawk complex Pinecrest little league hosted more than 600 players, but the numbers have drastically declined.

“Today, however, the league has only the third of that number,” he said. “The good thing is that we have fields and plenty of parking. The challenge is to get the word out.” But, with the opening of the FishHawk Sports Comple

Fortunately, according to board member Angel West the athletes and coaches spirit, sense of community, family atmosphere and closeness is as strong as ever.

West explained the club’s goal is to let people new to the community know about the complex.

“PLL is proud of its heritage and our hometown pride,” West said. “We welcome new players and families to our ball field and invite them to come out and try Pinecrest Little League in the spring.

Building on its goal of continued presence in the community wets said that the objective of the local Little League is to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority.

“This is so that they our children may be well adjusted, become stronger and happier and, grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens,” West said

Families are encouraged to visit the fields and taste the league and become a part of Pinecrest Little League’s long history and community presence.

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Kelly Legg has been writing for the Osprey Observer as a freelance writer for three years, and has recently taken on the role of managing editor for the Christian Voice newspaper. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications. She currently resides in Riverview with her husband and three children.