Little League Southeastern Region: Region News

2015-16 League Official Education and Training Events

View, download and print a verision of the flyer here: Umpire Education & Training

2015-16 Umpire Education and Training Events

View, download and print a verision of the flyer here: Umpire Education & Training

Southeastern Region Honors 2015 Awards Program Recipients


Little League’s Southeastern Region recently honored its three Awards Program recipients during the 2015 Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament in Warner Robins, GA.

Each award recipient was presented with a framed certificate and an engraved paperwork, thanks in-part to Friends of Little League’s Southeastern Region (FOSER). Each award recipient is also recognized within the Southeastern Region Headquarters office.

Ben Ravenel, league president North Seminole Little League in Tampa, Florida was presented the inaugural Southeastern Region Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year.

Ben has been president of North Seminole Little League in Tampa, Florida for 17 years. He is known to be the first volunteer to arrive to the league’s complex each day, working hard to do what is needed to prepare the fields for play, whether that is to drag, rake, and line or water the fields. He is also known to be the last volunteer there each day as well. Whatever role is needed, which could include being an umpire, he jumps on it.

If you spoke to those around the North Seminole complex, most would tell you how much love and respect they have for him for what he has done not only for the league but the people of the league, even when assistance is needed outside of the league. His hard work and leadership has helped this league stay afloat year in and year out. 

Tom Ketterer, league president of Land O’Lakes Little League in Florida was presented as the Southeastern Region Volunteer of the Year.

Tom’s volunteerism with the league has spanned over the past 25 years as he carried out the Ketterer family tradition which started in 1970 with his father coaching him in the league.

Tom has served as president of the league three separate times in his 25 years. During his time, he has helped the league build a second set of fields and improved safety at the league by having a traffic light installed at the intersection leading into the park.

Additionally, Tom’s work has helped the league introduce the Intermediate 50 70 Baseball division this past year and headed up the task of setting up interleague schedules with nearby leagues for both baseball and softball.

Tom’s time, dedication and integrity with the league has really shaped the league and has left a lasting impact on many of the players and volunteers that have come through the league.

Charles Austin, a Florida District 25 staff member, was honored as the 2015 Golden Mask Award, which is awarded to a volunteer umpire within the eight-state Southeastern Region for his or her outstanding service to Little League Baseball and Softball programs.

Charles has been volunteering for Little League for 19 years as a coach and umpire, which includes 10 years on the district staff.

During his time he has helped train both youth and adults in becoming better umpires. He works extremely hard each year to ensure training and education goes as smoothly as possible and has always been ready to jump on the field when needed.

Charles is known for never complaining and always stepping up and doing what is needed, both on and off the field at multiple sites. He goes the extra mile to make sure the job gets done and will stay until it’s completed even if he has to get up early the next day. Furthermore, he always stood up for the best and fulfils all the duties and qualifications a Little League umpire should have.

2015 Tournament Umpire Profile Book

We are excited to roll out a new publication. Introducing the 2015 Tournament Umpire Profile Book. This publication features brief profiles on each Region and World Series Tournament umpire from the Southeastern Region, plus historical information. Give it a look today!


Tuesday, September 9
Brian Wolfe Honored as Golden Mask Award Winner

Spotsylvania County Little League Umpire-in-Chief Brian Wolfe was honored as the second recipient of the Little League Southeastern Region Golden Mask Award winner.

Wolfe was presented the award, by surprise, in advance of the Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament championship game in Warner Robins, GA August 8.

The Golden Mask Award is designed to recognize the volunteer umpire within the Southeastern Region. The award, which was introduced in 2013, honors a volunteer Little League umpire for his/her outstanding service to Little League Baseball and Softball programs across the region. Larry Adams, of Tennessee was the first honoree.

A volunteer with his league since 2008, Wolfe was selected as an umpire for the 2014 Little League Softball Region Tournament and completed his time in Warner Robins less than two weeks before accepting the award. Wolfe was the first umpire from Spotsylvania County Little League to be selected for a region tournament.

Wolfe was presented with his own personal “golden mask” and his name will hang with fellow winners at the Region Headquarters.


Tuesday, September 9
Toni Perrigan Named Inaugural Southeastern Region Volunteer of the Year

Toni Perrigan, of Chester (SC) Youth Baseball Little League was recently honored as the inaugural Southeastern Region Volunteer of the Year.

Perrigan was honored during an on-field ceremony prior to a game on the first day of action during the Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament in Warner Robins, GA.

Perrigan has been an indispensable part of Chester Youth Baseball for over 14 years. During this time she has worked tirelessly to ensure that all youth who wanted to play baseball were able to, and that their experience was a positive and formative one. The league says she epitomizes what a volunteer in youth sports should be.

Her volunteer career with Chester as a team parent and quickly embraced the role of team mom. Over the years she has served in many capacities, including marketing and public relations, scorekeeper, administrative roles, concessions manager, player agent and fundraising coordinator. To this she continues to serve as an active volunteer with Chester in spite of the fact she has no children active in the league.

Most days Toni is the first to arrive at the league complex and is frequently the last to leave. Over the year Toni has essentially taken on the role as the parent over the whole league (so called "league mom"). Her efforts allow the league to run as efficiently as possible. She is quick to laugh and is rarely seen without a smile on her face. To sum it up, Toni Perrigan is the quintessential volunteer!

Congrats to Toni and Chester Youth Baseball Little League for being the first recipient of the Southeastern Region Awards Program.


Southeastern Region Umpire Alumni Association

Are you an umpire who has worked a Southern/Southeastern Baseball or Softball Region Tournament?

The Southeastern Region is organizing a Southeastern Region Umpire Alumni Association. The focus will be on recognizing and forming a brother and sisterhood of volunteer umpires who have worked in a Southeastern Region tournament. If you are a Southeastern Region tournament umpire, please complete this electronic application: Alumni Application.

More information to follow in the coming weeks and months. 

2015 World Series Umpires Announced

Congrats to the following individuals for being selected to represent the Southeastern Region as an umpire for one of the following World Series tournaments in 2015. 

Little League Baseball  Intermediate (50/70) Baseball  Junior League Baseball 
Guy Vilt - FL 26  Andy Pagan - FL 23  Dan Lawrence - FL 22 
Bill McKinney - VA 10  Brian K. Murphy VA-06  Craig Dewey - VA 7 
James S. Lenas - FL 5     
Senior League Baseball  Big League Baseball  Little League Softball 
Wayne J. Kardel - FL 9  Lowell Brummett - VA 5  Rick Sanzone – FL 9 
Dan Collins - FL 20  Michael L. Duty – VA 11  Jimmie Harrell – FL 20 
Junior League Softball  Senior League Softball  Big League Softball 
Vinnie Piscitello – FL 5  David Crawford – FL 14 John Siegel – FL 15
Carroll Mumpower – TN 5 Michael Goins – VA 11  Louis Nickerson – FL 17 

Tuesday, February 10
Southeastern Region Mourns Loss of Georgia DA Bernard Ashley

Little League Southeastern Region mourns the passing of Georgia District 8 Administrator Bernard Ashley. He was 74.

Mr. Ashley, a native of Green Cove, Va., settled in Columbus, Ga., and began his volunteer service with Columbus Eastern Little League in 1978. For several years with the local league, he served as a Minor Division baseball coach, manager, Vice President and President.

In 1992, Mr. Ashley moved to Pioneer Little League in Columbus, and later volunteered on the Georgia District 8 staff as the umpire consultant. Elected as Georgia District 8 Administrator in March 1998; he received his 15-year service pin at the 2014 Little League International Congress in Minneapolis.

An Army veteran, Mr. Ashley, worked for the United States Civil Service in the Department of Public Safety. Mr. Ashley was preceded in death by his wife Betty Joyce.

He is survived by his son, Charlie; and grandson, Bryan Keith Gregory II.


2015 Region Tournament Umpires Announced

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been selected to umpire in the respective Southeastern Region Tournaments in 2015.

Little League Softball  Junior League Softball  Senior League Softball  Big League Softball 
Warner Robins, GA  Ft. Myers, FL  Ft. Myers, FL  Ft. Myers, FL 
Mick Davis - FL 6  Robert Anderson - FL 4  Sharon A. Adams - FL 1  Steven Elliot - FL 4 
Clint Cooper - FL 11  Keith Brady - FL 5  James Tucker - FL 4  Steve Walsh - FL 6 
Robert Weiner - FL 22  Jim Thompson - FL 6  Martin Stewart - FL 6  Joe Clark - FL 17 
Donnie Caudill - GA 8  Jeffery Miller - FL 17  Ed Sherer - FL 11  Mark Lucas - FL 20 
Clayton Rose - TN 9  Stan Ball - FL 18  Anthony McGhee - FL 17  Stephen Dye - TN 5 
John Cheesbrew - VA 15  Tommy Owens - VA 5 Brandon Vetten - FL 18  Ron Shultz - FL 4 
Ken Moon - WV 1  William Leath - FL 6  Danny Williams - TN 5   
Andrew Bowen - WV 1  Kris Ratliff - VA 1  L. Guy Bowen - TN 9   


Little League Baseball  Intermediate (50/70) Baseball  Junior League Baseball 
Warner Robins, GA  Apopka, FL  Greenville, SC 
Alan Berson - FL 17  Jack Lynch - FL 1  David Kelsey - FL 6
David Noegel - FL 24  David Byars - FL 4  Dave Head - FL 2
Bill Vikara - GA 2  Christine Webb - FL 4  Mike McCullough - FL 5
Brett Groller - SC 3  Tom Masterson - FL 11  Michael Ochs - VA 4 
Gary York - GA 7  Ray Vos - FL 17  Mike Phinazee - FL 20 
Marty Henry - TN 6  Ray Campbell - FL 18  Joe Driver - TN 9 
Malik Wilson - VA 6  Christopher Mixon - GA 5  Michael E. Grant - VA 14 
Mike Baisden - WV 2  James Perras - TN 9  Jason Smalley - TN 5 
Senior League Baseball  Big League Baseball   
Safety Harbor, FL  Ft. Lauderdale, FL   
Terry Cordle - FL 3  Larry Jones - FL 2   
John Gleason - FL 11  Jonathan Hagen - FL 6   
Tom Green - FL 17  Bob Veleta, Jr. - FL 11   
Joe Cyganiak - FL 18  Fredeick Moore - FL 12   
Leon G. Vetsch - FL 22  Dan Willis - FL 18   
Ron Brainard - GA 5  David Furst - FL 25   
Michael Giocoechea - FL 6     
Gary Benton - FL 2     

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