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Younger players join travel baseball

An increased turnout of younger players this season will only mean good things in the future for Weston Little League travel baseball.

A year ago Weston started its first travel team for seven- and eight-year-olds. Not only have basically all of them returned to play as eight- and nine-year-olds this season, there was a large enough increase in players to form two teams at this level.

“We’re excited to have two teams,” said Seve Esposito, who coaches the eight- and nine-year-old blue team, which will once again play in the Friendship League. “They’re super kids.”

Weston also has an eight- and nine-year-old gold team comprised of players who are new to travel baseball. It is coached by Jim Aselta.

Such is not the only level where Weston Little League has continued to grow. It has a seven- and eight-year-old travel team again this season as well as a team comprised solely of eight-year-olds.

Yet generating enough interest to field a younger team last season took some effort.

“We had to do a lot of recruiting to make a team and we did,” said Esposito, who had 14 seven- and eight-year-olds. “We were able to scrape together a team of really good kids.”

Despite being a team of first-year travel players, Weston did quite well at this level, beating a number of teams from towns with much larger Little League programs such as Norwalk and Fairfield. Not only did it win its first six games, it finished with a 9-1 record, the best of any team in the Friendship League.

“They were just awesome,” said Esposito. “They won game after game.”

This season Weston will again play in the Friendship League, which starts its schedule in early July. Until then it will get warmed up with a tournament based in Monroe but the weather has not been too cooperative.

Last Saturday’s game against Black Rock was suspended due to rain and Monday’s contest against Seymour was postponed.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” said Esposito, looking forward to the start of the season. “The competition is going to be much stiffer. I’m optimistic.”

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