NEW BRITAIN - There will be plenty of local baseball players representing not only the state, but the entire country this winter.
Southington’s Jake Neuman and Andrew Paradis have been selected to join New Britain’s Michael Gajda and Justin Adorno on the American team at the 25th annual Goodwill Series in Australia and New Zealand, Bob Williams, the team’s general manager, said.The American team will be coached by New Britain head coach Roberto Mercado.
All four players just finished their sophomore seasons in the spring, with all playing a big part in helping lead their teams to the second round of the Class LL baseball tournament.
The Goodwill Series, which will begin on Dec. 20 and run for two weeks, is an international baseball series for players who are 14-18 years old. In total, the team will play a 12-game schedule against the South Australia state teams - State Team Australia is currently ranked 10th in the world, according to Williams.
Along with the local players getting a chance to play against top-tier talent, it gives them the perspective of being on the other side of the world.
“Players will persevere through difficult game situations, learn how to travel, budget their finances, prepare each day for the task at hand with proper rest, mental focus, nutrition, and ultimately grow more confident through reliance on their skills and abilities as young adults in a foreign country,” Williams said. “Players staying with host families not only prepares them for their future host family endeavors during collegiate summer leagues and minor league baseball seasons, but it also allows them to appreciate a new and exciting culture, different customs, cuisine and communication as well.”
For more information or to make a donation to help support the cost on the trip, contact Mercado at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go directly to the Goodwill Series website at www.goodwillseries.org .
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