NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain baseball team is once again sending a pair of baseball players to represent the United States in the international Goodwill Series.
Sophomores Justin Adorno and Michael Gajda have been selected to play on the American team in the Series which will take place in Adelaide, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. New Britain head coach Roberto Mercado will be part of the American coaching staff.
“It’s great to have two young men represent the USA in the Goodwill Series,” Mercado said. “Both are hard-working, talented student-athletes that I know will represent New Britain High School in a positive way. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I’m glad they can be a part of it.”
The Goodwill Series, which will begin on December 20 and run for two weeks, is an international baseball series for players who are 14-18 years old. Players are selected based on recommendations from former players, coaches and professional scouts.
The Series focuses on growing the skills of young players with the potential to play in the major league or at the college level. It gives players the experience to play among other high performing players from Australia and shows them what is needed to perform in high standards.
In 2017, New Britain High baseball players William Homar and Danniel Rivera participated in the tournament and now
“It's an opportunity of a lifetime and I feel very honored to be invited,” Adorno said. “I've worked hard my entire life and to have this opportunity means a lot.”
Both Adorno and Gajda just finished their sophomore seasons, helping the Hurricanes win a conference championship and advance to the second round of the Class LL baseball tournament.
“It means a lot to be selected to play in the Goodwill games,” Gajda said. “It is very humbling to know I was selected to represent NBHS and my country.”
For more information or to make a donation to help support the cost on the trip can contact Mercado at firstname.lastname@example.org.