East Hartford Little League teams get ready for All-Star games

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jun. 17, 2011
Tylon Crump looks for the ball as the batter rounds the base. Photos by Frances Taylor.
Tylon Crump looks for the ball as the batter rounds the base. Photos by Frances Taylor.

East Hartford Little League Coach Eric Roy is getting his team ready for its first All-Star baseball game of the season. On a recent hot and sunny afternoon in Gorman Park, his team of 11- and 12-year-olds hit the field for practice. Roy has coached Little League for the past five years, and this is his second season coaching an All-Star team.

The players practiced hitting and running bases, and Roy kept them on the move. “These guys know what they are doing, and there are a lot things you can show them,” said Roy. Their first All-Star game will be July 3 against Glastonbury.

All-Star team players are nominated by their team to try out. This year's All-Star team includes Ty Ward, Nate Viera, Carl Ngobeni, Jordan Pearson, Rafael Soto, Cameron Lewis, Noah Alers, Donovan Burchell, Carlos Hernandez, Ray Acosta, Jordan Hall and Nick Merrier.

“They are confident on the field and ready to learn,” Roy said.

The 9- and 10-year-olds have also been selected for their All-Star team. All-Star players include Tylon Crump. Vincent Caccavale, Nick Lotzkar Vincent Cafazzo, Jarod Dalrymple, Mark Damaschi, Cameron Freeman, Jake Hollis, John Pintavalle, Alessio Pressamarita, Kenny Ragna and Jarod Roman. Both teams practice daily in GormanPark, the home field of East Hartford Little League baseball.

Each team will play up to four games, and the winning teams move on to the next bracket, said Scott Lotzkar, communications director for East Hartford Little League. Games will continue through summer until elimination in the tournament play-offs.

The IAM team was major league baseball town champion and the Sal's Glass team was the minor league team champion at the end of the regular season.

Those not playing in the All-Star games participated in the annual Jamboree, held June 18, which is a baseball skills competition and family barbecue.

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