Glastonbury Little League opens 49th season
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Apr. 22, 2013
The 49th season of Glastonbury Little League kicked off with the Opening Day ceremonies on April 19 at Ross Field – the 21st ceremony at the field. Emcee Stanley Zwirn said 1,040 players will take the field this season, and the new press box and storage area above the first base dugout were also unveiled.
Glastonbury High School varsity players Jack Halpin, Mike Conti, Carter Marshall, Tyler Janssen and Nick Berey, who were all former Glastonbury Little Leaguers, each spoke briefly about their experienced in youth ball.
All of the major league baseball and softball teams were introduced. The District 7 Champions were introduced, and their banner was unveiled. Glastonbury was able to field two all-star teams – the only town in the district to do so.
Halpin thanked then-coach and now-league president Don Longtin. “He does a great job here,” Halpin said, adding that the American vs. National series rivalries were among his favorite memories. “Because you’re playing against your buds, and there’s nothing better than that,” Halpin said.
Softball player Julia Karnes was awarded the Richard H. Ross Award, and then threw the ceremonial first pitch.
Those who stayed for the season’s inaugural game between Budget Printers and Felix DuVerger/Prudential, saw a good one. DuVerger strung together several first-inning hits and scored first. It looked like they were going to start another rally in the second when Arthik Dasari ripped a triple, but they were unable to get him the remaining 60 feet.
In the bottom of the second, Budget Printers’ Emiliano Ruiz tied the game at one with an impressive steal of home with the bases loaded.
In the third inning, DuVerger’s Jamshed Davar walked, but was able to make the trip around the bases on passed balls, and scratched another run.
In the fourth, it was Ruiz who crushed a home run over the left-centerfield fence to tie the game back up.
Budget Printers’ Michael Karabetsos showed some heads-up running in the fifth inning, darting for home on an errant throwback from the DuVerger catcher, and slid in for what would be the game-winning run. Budget Printers’ Christian Gomez also pitched strong in relief.
Longtin said hearing the GHS players was a special moment, and thanked the families for supporting the league and players over the years. “It was 21 years ago that we dedicated this field, in the name of Dick Ross,” he said. “That was a special night. I look at faces now of the young kids coming up. All I can say is enjoy the field, enjoy the game, enjoy the season and enjoy yourselves.”
For more information, visit www.glastonburylittleleague.org.