Tomball Little League is celebrating its 50th season with its largest group of participants in history.

According to Cary Kelley, vice president of administration for Tomball Little League, the spring 2023 season enrolled 989 players.

The team became officially affiliated with Little League International in 1973, Kelley said.

Despite baseball’s presence in Tomball since the early 1930s, he said the induction launched the league to a new level.

“Almost every game is standing room only now, even T-ball,” he said. “The parents all come out every game and cheer for the kids.”

Kelley said his two sons play in the Tomball league.

Tomball Little League is part of East Texas District 28, which includes Northwest 45, Oak Ridge Woodlands Area, Conroe and Montgomery little leagues.

The league is open to ages 4 to 16 who live within Klein, Cy-Fair and Tomball ISDs and is co-ed with seven divisions by age group, according to the league.

Tomball resident Saira Sultan’s two daughters, Zeena and Ameera, will play this season. She said she has watched the girls grow and foster a love for baseball since joining Tomball Little League.

“Seeing where they are now, in terms of their sportsmanship, confidence and skills, makes us so proud,” she said in a Facebook message. “They finished their last season so in love with the game that they’ve been practicing and counting down the days until spring.”

The 12-game spring season starts March 4.

“The ballpark gives a connection to our community,” Kelley said. “It’s a place where people can come and spend fantastic quality family time, and that’s really why I do what I do here.”

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