East Granby High School baseball takes the field
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Wed., Apr. 6, 2011
Cold and wet; what better weather for outdoor baseball practice? Indoor practice is not an option for the Crusaders of East Granby; true lovers of the sport, the slightly numb team took to the field for the first week of practice beginning March 14.
Forty-six year veteran baseball coach Bob Bromage signed on as the Crusaders skipper 8 years ago. Assistant coaches are Joe Dippel and Ed Lavoi.
“The kids are looking real good so far,” said coach Bromage. “We have some real talented hitters this year and the pitching is coming along well. We need to improve on some things, but overall I would say we are a strong defensive team, as well as offensive.”
In 2010, the Crusaders achieved a 9-11 record, losing in the first round of playoffs to Windsor Locks.
“Windsor Locks is always very competitive; they are one of our chief rivals. It should be a good game this year.” Bromage said.
Bromage points to senior Jason Byers as one of the players to watch this season. “Jason was All League last year. He won six games for us during the season 2010, and I’m looking for him to keep that up for us again.”
The Crusaders build teamwork on and off the field. On April 16, the team heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida to compete in an informal tournament with Enfield and Windsor Locks.
“It’s a good time for the kids,” said Bromage. “The three teams head down and play a few games against each other. It’s not for any type of competition, just for practice, and it gives the kids a chance to work together without a lot of pressure. Our parent’s group is very supportive. They raised over $12,000 this year so the kids could go,” he said.
Play begins for the Crusaders on April 6, at home, against Suffield.
East Granby High School Baseball Coach Bob Bromage
Number of Seasons: 8
The season ahead: “The one thing I want for the team every season is to get into the state tournament. We have some kids who will make it happen,” said coach Bromage.
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Greg Poll – Junior, Outfield: A starting varsity player since freshman year, Poll has been swinging a bat since the age of 4. “I just love playing. Baseball is the only sport for me; I love it,” he said. A devout New York Yankees fan, Poll is looking forward to baseball in the Bronx and a strong season at EGHS.
Jason Byers – Senior, Pitcher, Captain: At 3 years old, Byers developed a love of baseball. “I just love the atmosphere of the game; no time limits and always something happening,” he said. Byers hopes to attend college in North Carolina, where he intends to study biology. He is the team’s starting pitcher, and a “fully committed” St. Louis Cardinals fan.