By Peter Vankevich
If anyone has any doubts about the excitement a baseball game can be at the Ocracoke Community Park ball field, such a person need only to look at this photo taken on April 27, when the Ocracoke Dolphins middle school team played the Mattamuskeet Lakers.
Kari Styron, the mother of batter David Styron, took the photo. “I wanted to get a picture of my son batting and put my IPhone between the little holes in the fence and just got lucky,” she said. “Because he is a left-handed batter, it was hard to get a photo of him, so I got as close as possible.”
David, a seventh grader, jumped to avoid getting hit by the wild pitch. He plays infield positions and is a pitcher for the team. Although the Dolphins lost the game, 16-10, they had a strong sixth inning to end up with 10 runs. Colby Austin is seen in the background stealing third.
Kari summarized the brief first season with: “Bill Cole is the head coach, and has done a wonderful job with the kids, several of whom have never played baseball before! They have a great attitude and are learning and having fun with every game! Brian Samick is the assistant coach as well.”