Destin Little League looks to expand

Tina Harbuck

Registration is over and practice has begun — almost.

Right now the Destin Little League Association boasts 30 teams, but they are making plans for a couple of more.

“We’re hoping for a 13-14 year old junior baseball league,” said Destin league president Howard Wortman.

Registration for this junior division will open up next week with plans to play against other teams such as Shalimar and Niceville.

But in the meantime, the 340 youth spread across 30 teams are already hitting the practice field in preparation for the upcoming season set to swing into action March 3.

“We had a great registration and they are doing really good,” Wortman said.

The breakdown of this year's league is as follows:

• Four major league baseball teams, five minor league baseball, and six machine pitch baseball.

• For the girls, there are two major league softball teams and three minor/machine pitch softball teams.

• As for the little ones, there are five T-ball teams and five coach-pitch T-ball teams.

The fields at Dalton Threadgill Park are staying busy with teams practicing to get ready for opening day.

Opening day, March 3, will kickoff at 9 a.m. with a parade from the Destin Elementary School down Kelly Street to the Little League Park.

After an introduction of teams and the first pitch thrown out by Destin Elementary Resource Officer Sonya Shepard, exhibition games will begin.

Also on the agenda for the day is a coach’s home-run derby and team photographs.

There will also be a fish fry with all the fixing’s offered for donation only.

The first games are scheduled to begin Monday, March 5.