Inwood Little League Gets Ready to Play Ball This Spring

By Nigel Chiwaya on March 27, 2013 2:59pm 

 The Inwood Little League season will begin with the annual parade on April 6. 
The Inwood Little League season will begin with the annual parade on April 6. 
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INWOOD — The Yankees and Mets aren't the only baseball teams getting ready for their season openers.

Uptown's future baseball sensations will take to the field this spring when the Inwood Little League throws the first pitch of its spring season on April 6.

Alex Martinez, the league's community affairs vice president, said hundreds of children will participate in the league's eight age-grouped divisions.

And the hot prospects in the area will get their crack at the big leagues, too — a "rookies" T-league is being introduced for 4- and 5-year-olds, Martinez said.

"There was more of a demand to get kids in at a younger age," said Martinez, adding that parents pushed for creation of the league.

The T-ball division will feature two teams and up to 50 children.

The Inwood Little League is hoping to send its players beyond the U.S. borders. Martinez said the league is putting together a team of 9- to 11 year-olds to tour the Dominican Republic.

The travel team prospect is borne out of relationships with Dominican little leagues, said Martinez, adding that the league hosts teams from the Caribbean nation in Inwood annually. Those teams are looking to repay the favor to uptown kids.

"They're actually waiting for us," Martinez said. "We hope to have a tour, to play in Santa Domingo and Santiago, and in other provinces for 10 days to two weeks."

Before T-ball or travel, however, the league will open the year on April 6 with its annual parade up Broadway from Dyckman Street to West 218th Street, and eventually Inwood Hill Park.

"It's a lot of fun," Martinez said. "We usually have two bands from [Mother] Cabrini and I.S. 52 that band shows up to play."

Registration for the spring season is over; however, the league will open registration for the summer season in May. For more information visit inwoodbaseball.org.

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