East Hartford Little League players enjoy Jamboree

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jun. 24, 2011
The KPFAC Little League team at the Jamboree in Gorman Park. The 7- and 8-year-olds participated in baseball skill games and took home prizes. Photos by Frances Taylor.
The KPFAC Little League team at the Jamboree in Gorman Park. The 7- and 8-year-olds participated in baseball skill games and took home prizes. Photos by Frances Taylor.

Though it was the end of the season for the younger members of East Hartford Little League, that did not mean the fun had to end. The East Hartford Little League Jamboree, held June 18 in Gorman Park, was a time for T-ball players and farm league players to show off the skills they learned during the baseball season.

Members of 20 Little League teams and their families gathered for the Jamboree, which featured skill-based games like base-running, batting and catching. The young players received various trophies for their efforts, and everyone enjoyed an afternoon cook-out.

“They get trophies for fastest to first base, and things like that,” said Brian Oatway, president of the East Hartford Little League Jamboree. “It’s a good wrap-up for the season, and brings everyone together.”

The older kids have the All-Star games, said George Sward, director of farm teams for East Hartford Little League. “They see the older kids still playing, so this gives the younger kids something to look forward to,” Sward said.

In preparation for the Jamboree, Oatway and other parents spent the night in Gorman Park with the barbecue smoker, smoking ribs and pork butts for the next day's celebration. “It’s a lot, but it’s a lot of fun, too,” he said.

Arlene Witek, mother of 6-year-old Duncan, said her son's baseball skills had improved this year. Duncan picked up several trophies. “The coaches have done a wonderful job with the kids,” she said. “They really had a lot fun.''

This was the first year coaching for Greg Sailor, coach of the Anderson Jewelers team of 6-year-olds. “They had a great season – we're not really supposed to keep score, but they won quite a few games,” Sailor said. “For me, this is my first time doing this, and it was such a great experience. It’s something I want to do for the rest of my life.”


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