OCRA completes regular season; ready for district; games this weekend

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association (OCRA) just completed another successful baseball and softball season.

Champions this year include Elite Airboats for T-ball, Beef O’Brady’s for six-year-old pitch, Reno’s Motorcycle Repair for Rookie, Goodbread Ranch for AAA, and Golden Corral for Ozone.

Softball champions included Be a Woman Buy Land for Darlings, Seminole Sign Company for Angels, Jill M. Rogers Foundation for Ponytails, Seminole Sign Company for Belles, and Blitzkrieg BBA for Debs.

Several local tournaments were held last month. The T-ball tournament was won by Perry Pest Protection. Okeechobee Feed won the six-year-old pitch, Bad Apple Salon captured the rookie tournament, JR’s Famous Ribs took the AAA league, and Goodbread Trucking won the Dixie Boys tournament.

The league will host the district tournaments this weekend for T-ball and the Rookie divisions.

Coaches for Okeechobee are Kyle Buckner for the T-ball team and Bobby Williams for the Rookie All-Stars. Games are scheduled on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. There is an admission charge.

Lake Placid will host the Dixie Youth District 8 tournaments for AAA and Ozona All-Star Teams that begin on June 24.

The Dixie Boys All-Stars will not have a district tournament this year. The team will play in the Florida State Tournament in Spring Hill that begins on July 9. The coach of the team is Jeff Krall.

OCRA rookies ready for district

Okeechobee, Sebring, Avon Park and Lake Placid will do battle starting Saturday, June 11, in the District 8 Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament at the Okeechobee sports complex.

Okeechobee meets Lake Placid while Sebring will face Avon Park in the first round of games which begin at 10 a.m.

Okeechobee coach Bobby Williams is excited to see how his team of 12 all-stars will perform. The roster includes Regan Mahoney, Mason Kindell, Brandon Gabbard, Carson Williams, Bradley Phillips, Ukiah Billie, Eli Kemp, Ian Liscomb, Nate Pfennig, Ethan Barerra, Bryce Trammell and Wyatt Phillips.

Assistant coaches on the team include Chris Kemp and John Kemp.

Williams said the team has practiced hard and should be able to compete with all of the teams. “As of right now I’d say we have a pretty good shot. We feel we can compete with Lake Placid and Avon Park.”

Sebring is the unknown in the tournament. In most age divisions they have dominated the district tournaments in recent years.

“I know they will come out strong and they always do. I think if our boys play the way they are capable of we could move on to the state tournament in Chipley,” Williams added.

The district champion will automatically qualify. Williams said if Okeechobee finishes in the top two and are competitive with the champion, they could also request a berth in the state tournament.

The t-ball district tournament games will be played in between the rookie games on Saturday with the start time estimated to be 12 noon.

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