NEW BRITAIN - A pair of New Britain and Plainville High School baseball players are heading â€śdown under.â€ť
William Homar and Danniel Rivera of New Britain High and Dylan Morrell and Nathan Michalek of Plainville have been selected to the Goodwill Series American team when it travels to Adelaide, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand for the 12-game Goodwill Series.
New Britain head coach Roberto Mercado will be part of the American coaching staff.
The players will depart Dec. 21 and play 12 games against the South Australia state teams, which consist of many of the best baseball players in the country. Many are professional and Olympic team players with Australia ranked No. 7 in the world.
After nine days in Australia, the American team will travel to Auckland to play against the New Zealand National Team for another 12-game set.
The journey Goodwill Series is designed to help prepare players for a future career as a baseball player, either at the collegiate or professional level, in order to learn what is needed to be in top physical and mental condition to be able to compete at a high level every day.
Players will train with professional coaches, scouts and athletic trainers - with the exception of holidays and travel dates - with games being played in the two different cities and stay with host families.
Along with playing baseball against different competition, part of the process for the players will be learning how to persevere through difficult game situations, how to travel, how budget finances and how prepare each day for the task at hand with proper rest, mental focus and nutrition.
The Goodwill Series is intent on helping afford players that would not otherwise be able to attend the chance to travel on this life-changing experience. Each year, the Goodwill Series unites with players and families to conduct fund-raising events to help cover the majority of costs. The Goodwill Series INC. is a 501c, Non-Profit organization.
For further information about the Goodwill Series or to make donations go to its website at www.goodwillseries.org .