Ryan Petrick, racing for the base, is in a bit of a pickle. .To see more photos, or purchase copies, visit

The Marathon Dolphins youth baseball team faced the South Dade Blue Jays this past weekend in the Middle Keys. The team is coached by Pete Chapman and Mason Neller, a recent graduate of Key West High School and a Marathon native playing ball for Daytona State College.

Marathon shortstop and pitcher Jack Chapman fires the ball home.
Marathon’s pitcher Cordell Qualls is ready to deliver a strike.
Marathon’s second baseman, Roco Piscetello, makes the play.
Luca Picarrillo is safe at third.
Petrick goes in for the close play at second.

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Started my photojournalist at age 14 with the prestigious “Mustang News” (Gardner Jr. High newsletter). I spent 25 years as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Lansing, retiring to the Keys in 2006 with my wife Lori to open Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography in Marathon.