Ramona’s Conch Creations’ team of players 8 and under played the Certified Appliance team.

A brand new baseball season started at brand new fields last weekend when Key West Little Conch Baseball celebrated opening day of the 2023 season.

Kids aged 5 to 12, starting with the smallest tee-ball players, donned their team shirts, all sponsored by local businesses, met their coaches and teammates and explored the newly refurbished fields on Kennedy Drive.

Nothing brings the Key West community together like baseball, and this season is a particularly emotional one, as the players, parents and coaches dedicated the season to Garrett Hughes, the 20-year-old Key West High School graduate who was killed last month in a tragic shooting.

Little Conch Baseball teams line up for opening day on Feb. 25. ANNIE BRIENING/Overseas Media Group
Randy Sterling throws the first pitch to his brand daughter, a high school softball player, at the new Clayton Sterling Complex.
Keystar’s 8 and under team played Barracuda Builders on opening day.
Some of the league’s littlest players from Key West Aviation take the field.
Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.