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KAYA HANNON

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STAFF PHOTO/COLLEEN MCALEER Kaya Hannon delivers a pitch against Susquehanna County early in the All-Star season last June.

“With a name like Kaya, she was born to throw K’s,” was the caption under a video posted on Instagram by Little League on Monday, March 4, of Tunkhannock’s very own Kaya Hannon.

In celebration of National Women’s History Month in March, and February’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Little League Baseball and Softball has launched a campaign to honor all the girls and women who have made the program what it is today.

From written stories and feature videos to inspiring quotes and photos across all of its digital media platforms, Little League Baseball and Softball’s #GirlsWithGame campaign celebrates the memorable moments, exciting events, and inspiring individuals throughout the Little League program.

Tunkhannock’s Kaya Hannon was selected on March 4 to be the fourth highlight of the month.

Fittingly, Hannon wears number four. “It has always been my favorite number, I have worn it since tee-ball,” she said.

Hannon and the Tunkhannock Little League All-Star team captured the hearts of the community, and eventually the nation, as they dominated each tournament on their way to the LLSB World Series in Portland, Ore., last summer.

The team, behind Hannon’s almost untouchable pitching, finished second in the world.

Hannon, now an eighth grader at Tunkhannock Area High School, said, “I found out about it on Instagram and thought it was so exciting how softball is gaining more and more recognition. I am honored to be a part of Little League’s campaign.”

Head coach Tim Hannon, and Kaya’s dad, echoed his daughter, “It is great to see any of our kids- and we have a large number of girls on our team that could be recognized this way- be mentioned as part of Women’s History Month.”

“As a dad, I am very proud of her. I get to see the things most other people don’t. All the extra time, the extra work, she really loves to do what she is doing. It is great to see her be noticed. She works hard and deserves this,” said the elder Hannon.

Though Kaya ages out of Little League competition this year, she is looking forward to another winning season, this time as part of the Lady Tigers junior high softball team.

Tunkhannock’s junior high girls were a staggering 17-0 last year, and Coach Mike Marabell is looking forward to another challenging season.

Kaya is also a member of the TC Tremors 14U team.

Kaya advises younger players to remember that “If you want something bad enough and you work hard at it, you can achieve anything.”

All Little League fans are encouraged to join in the celebration by engaging on social media by tagging @LittleLeague on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and by using #GirlsWithGame to share all your memorable moments.