The Marathon Youth Club brought another successful spring season of youth baseball, softball and tee ball on the fields of Marathon Community Park to a close last weekend, honoring teams, coaches and volunteers in two end-of-season awards ceremonies on May 10 and 11.

To the victors went the spoils of championship rings, as Campbell Engineering earned a 17-9 win over Keys Car Wash to earn the minors division title and a 4-4-2 final season record. In the majors division, Keys Weekly’s own squad iced a division championship with a 9-2 win to cap off an unbeaten season at 7-0-2.

In addition to the victors and finalists, team sponsors for the 2024 season included Marathon Lumber, Small Town Marine, LJ’s Cafe, Reefside Construction, Marathon Seawalls and Docks, American Coastal Vacation Rentals, Marathon Garbage Service and Keys Computer Specialists.

“None of this would have been possible without the generous contributions from our local business sponsors and community members who share our passion for enriching youth sports,” wrote MYC board member Kerri Worthington in a social media release. “Their generosity not only funded this unforgettable season, but also demonstrated a shared belief in the power of youth sports to shape young lives positively.

Alex Rickert
Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.