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On opening day, 5-year-old Brantley Strong is more interested in playing in the dirt during opening ceremonies than stealing a base.

Time to play ball in Lakewood Ranch

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

On opening day, 5-year-old Brantley Strong is more interested in playing in the dirt during opening ceremonies than stealing a base.

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Alysa Jones of the Manatee Marauders warms up before her 10U opening day game.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Alysa Jones of the Manatee Marauders warms up before her 10U opening day game.

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Kyndal France of the Davis Electric Mustangs gets her team's first hit of the season against the Marauders in 10U play.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Kyndal France of the Davis Electric Mustangs gets her team's first hit of the season against the Marauders in 10U play.

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Colton Searcy of Jet's Pizza is about to connect for a home run in the opening game against Ocean Blue Pools in Machine Pitch division play.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Colton Searcy of Jet's Pizza is about to connect for a home run in the opening game against Ocean Blue Pools in Machine Pitch division play.

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Collin Freeman, 8, enjoys the free donuts with his dad, John Freeman, on opening day. Collin plays for Crown Roofing of the Machine Pitch division.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Collin Freeman, 8, enjoys the free donuts with his dad, John Freeman, on opening day. Collin plays for Crown Roofing of the Machine Pitch division.

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Little League President David Bay and players Johnny Kornett, 10, of Florida Trial Counsel of the Minors division and Emma Wantuch, 12, of Culver's of the Majors division, say the Little League pledge.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Little League President David Bay and players Johnny Kornett, 10, of Florida Trial Counsel of the Minors division and Emma Wantuch, 12, of Culver's of the Majors division, say the Little League pledge.

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Little League snack bar volunteers Steve and Theresa Kostas get help from player Trevor Kovatch, 9, of Comprehensive MedPsych Systems on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Little League snack bar volunteers Steve and Theresa Kostas get help from player Trevor Kovatch, 9, of Comprehensive MedPsych Systems on opening day.

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Pitcher Kyndal France of the Mustangs tries to make the tag as Alysa Jones of the Marauders slides into home on opening day of Miss Manatee Softball.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Pitcher Kyndal France of the Mustangs tries to make the tag as Alysa Jones of the Marauders slides into home on opening day of Miss Manatee Softball.

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The players lined the Lakewood Ranch Little League field on opening day of the season.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

The players lined the Lakewood Ranch Little League field on opening day of the season.

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Marty the Marauder made the rounds during opening ceremonies.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Marty the Marauder made the rounds during opening ceremonies.

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Little League volunteer Doug Kovatch sings the National Anthem.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Little League volunteer Doug Kovatch sings the National Anthem.

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The Trophy Case's Caroline Bradley enjoys her sprint around the bases during Coach Pitch play on opening day of the Miss Manatee Softball season.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

The Trophy Case's Caroline Bradley enjoys her sprint around the bases during Coach Pitch play on opening day of the Miss Manatee Softball season.

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The Trophy Case coach Carl Bradley works with Maddie Dimon, 6, during the game against U luvsports.com on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

The Trophy Case coach Carl Bradley works with Maddie Dimon, 6, during the game against U luvsports.com on opening day.

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Nick Renteria of Ocean Blue Pools gets a piece of the ball during his game against Jet's Pizza in Machine Pitch division play.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Nick Renteria of Ocean Blue Pools gets a piece of the ball during his game against Jet's Pizza in Machine Pitch division play.

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Avery Wallace of U luvsports.com has her eye on the ball during Coach Pitch division play on the opening day of the Miss Manatee Softball season.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Avery Wallace of U luvsports.com has her eye on the ball during Coach Pitch division play on the opening day of the Miss Manatee Softball season.

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What's better than taking on a playground in spikes? Kingston Twyford, 7, prepares for his game with C&S Heating and Cooling at the playground next to the ballpark.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

What's better than taking on a playground in spikes? Kingston Twyford, 7, prepares for his game with C&S Heating and Cooling at the playground next to the ballpark.

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The C&S Heating and Cooling machine pitch team prepare for its game in a different manner.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

The C&S Heating and Cooling machine pitch team prepare for its game in a different manner.

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Kyndal France gets congratulations after scoring a run for the Davis Electric Mustangs is Miss Manatee Softball play.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Kyndal France gets congratulations after scoring a run for the Davis Electric Mustangs is Miss Manatee Softball play.

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Sophia Pippin scores for Davis Electric as Marauders pitcher Keirlyn Bane attempts to make the tag in 10U play.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Sophia Pippin scores for Davis Electric as Marauders pitcher Keirlyn Bane attempts to make the tag in 10U play.

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More than 400 children are participating in the Lakewood Ranch Little League this season.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

More than 400 children are participating in the Lakewood Ranch Little League this season.

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The David Weekley Homes players toe the line during opening ceremonies.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

The David Weekley Homes players toe the line during opening ceremonies.

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Owen Bourdeau, 5, gets up close with Marty Marauder before his T-Ball game with the Rays.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Owen Bourdeau, 5, gets up close with Marty Marauder before his T-Ball game with the Rays.

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The Rays let everyone know they are ready for the season on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

The Rays let everyone know they are ready for the season on opening day.

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Hundreds of photos were snapped on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

Hundreds of photos were snapped on opening day.

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The Oola HR (Human Resources) team is ready for its opener.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

The Oola HR (Human Resources) team is ready for its opener.

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David Bay, the president of the Lakewood Ranch Little League, welcomes the players and their families on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

David Bay, the president of the Lakewood Ranch Little League, welcomes the players and their families on opening day.

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The Marauders' Keirlyn Bane takes a big cut during the season opener against the Mustangs.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 |

The Marauders' Keirlyn Bane takes a big cut during the season opener against the Mustangs.

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