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Big Cypress celebrates opening day for T’ball

BIG CYPRESS — Hot dogs, music, team photos, new uniforms, live anthem singers, a ceremonial first pitch. Indeed, all the ingredients needed for a baseball opening day were present at Billie Johns Ball Field in Big Cypress as the Outlaws and the Braves opened the 2019 T’ball season March 7.

As each player was introduced, he or she sprinted from the infield to home plate to shake hands with Big Cypress Councilman Mondo Tiger, who also threw out the ceremonial first pitch. After the ceremonies, the teams played one game.

Remaining games are scheduled for April 4, 11 and 25.

Here are the rosters:

#1 Messiah Gallagher
#2 Cheyenne Walker
#3 Zane Carter
#4 Ja’Niya Motlow
#5 Jovonnie Gore
#6 Josephine Billie
#7 Karma Koenes
#8 Little Tigertail
#9 Ma’at Osceola
#10 Marilyn Osceola
#11 Ollie Balentine
#12 Shannon Cypress
#13 Damon Cypress

#1 Abigail Billie
#2 Amasiah Billie
#3 Aurbriana Billie
#4 Caiden Motlow
#5 Cali Osceola
#6 Chaaya Osceola
#7 Cyla Motlow
#8 Kylie Billie
#9 Decklan “ACE” Tiger
#10 Allekeako “Chobee” Billie
#11 Julius Billie Jr
#12 Kasyn Hannahs
#13 Kota Osceola
#14 Cody Motlow

The Outlaws gather for a team photo. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Chaaya Osceola smiles as he stands on third base before scoring a run for the Braves on March 7, opening day of the Big Cypress T’ball season. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Big Cypress Councilman Mondo Tiger throws out the ceremonial first pitch to start the t’ball season March 7 at Billie Johns Ball Field. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
The Seminole Lightning softball team works concessions as part of a fundraiser. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Julius Billie Jr. keeps his eyes on the ball as he takes a swing for the Braves. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
The Outlaws’ Ollie Balentine, Jovonnie Gore and Ja’Niya Motlow focus on pre-game warmup drills. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
The Outlaws in action as they field a grounder. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at

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