ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Challenger Little League closed out its 2021 season Saturday morning with the final day of play at Demeyer Field.
The league, which offers baseball in an adapted form for children with physical and intellectual disabilities, was offered for the seventh season. Play began in late August and was held every weekend before concluding with Saturday’s year-end ceremony.
A total of 29 players participated in this year’s league. The league also got a slate of new buddy volunteers, which league co-founder and volunteer Todd Wagstaff said helped foster the program’s continued success over the course of the season.
“[Getting new buddies to sign up] is so important,” said Wagstaff, who also serves as the league’s primary pitcher. “One, they drive the program and make it what it is, and two, we graduate a couple senior buddies every year.”
Players and buddies were recognized on the field and given medals following the conclusion after Saturday’s games. Those present were also treated to a post-game pizza party sponsored by Pat’s Pizza as well as baseball cupcakes made by Beth Flucker.
League coaches were Nikki Cutchens, Bernie Johnson and Kristy Warner. Other volunteers included Todd Wagstaff, Whitney Clarke (snack shack), Nini Cutchens (face-painting), Gary Fortier and Matt Wood (field and flag duties), Holly Hersom and Beth Wagstaff (photography) and Megan McAlpine and Melanie McCormick (announcing).