Hebron Youth Baseball wraps up season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
Robert Synodi throws a pitch for the Orioles during the 60-foot majors championship game for Hebron Youth Baseball. Photos by Robert Fraleigh. - Contributed Photo

Hebron Youth Baseball has undertaken a number of new initiatives this year under President Steve Turco. On April 27, the organization kicked off the season with opening day ceremonies, which ushered in the season for the minor and major league teams with some extra fanfare. “After speaking with several members of the board, nobody can remember an opening ceremony in the last decade,” said Turco.  Opening day ceremonies for the rookie and tee-ball leagues featured baseball clinics provided by members of the New Britain Rock Cats.

All teams sported new uniforms this year, sponsored by local businesses. Other changes to the league include a brand new website (www.hybsa.org), field protecting tarps, a new concessions menu at Veteran’s Memorial Park, a new concessions trailer at Burnt Hill Park, new dugouts at Veteran’s Memorial Park, and new batting cage nets.  “Direct fundraising pays for a portion of these improvements, and in addition, a large part of this comes from the generosity and support of many local businesses who provide sponsorships to our leagues,” said Turco.

Vin Colonna has served this year as the new director of fundraising/concessions for the league board. “Vin has worked closely with many members of our board and other volunteers to successfully increase our fundraising, which makes the improvements described above possible,” said Turco.

The Hebron Youth Baseball season closed the weekend of June 17, with championship games between the 60-foot and 70-foot major league teams. In the 60-foot majors championship game, the Orioles defeated the Indians 10-4. In the 70-foot majors championship game, the Reds defeated the A's 6-2.

According to the Hebron Youth Baseball website, a one-week day camp will be conducted by Jim Wawruck on July 15 through 19. Wawruck was a former Baltimore Orioles player who had two seasons on the Majors Roster, seven seasons of pro ball and a .294 career hitting average. Wawruck is currently a physical education teacher at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, and a former Glastonbury High School coach.

E-mail Wawruck at wawbball@comcast.net for more information. Check out the Hebron Youth Baseball website at http://www.hybsa.org/.

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