15 reasons why Trumbull is headed to Babe Ruth World Series

The Trumbull Babe Ruth 15U team will represent the New England region at the World Series in East Pass, Texas.

The Trumbull Babe Ruth 15U team will represent the New England region at the World Series in East Pass, Texas.

Trumbull Babe Ruth / Contributed photo

Manager Mike Buswell’s Trumbull Babe Ruth 15U baseball team will compete for the Babe Ruth World Series title beginning this week in Eagle Pass, Texas. This will be Trumbull Babe Ruth’s third trip to the World Series in the past 10 years. They have also competed in two other regional finals during this span.

“Trumbull is a baseball town, and we are going to bring 15 players with us when we head back to play on the big stage at the World Series,” Buswell said. “In pool play we will compete against teams from Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, and Washington. We are eager to take on some of the best Babe Ruth teams in the country.”

Buswell pointed to community support as an asset.

“Our team is comprised of unselfish players and families who have one ultimate team goal in mind. I like to think we have 15 problem solvers that play team baseball the right way for each other,” he said. “Our team has been talking about this possible opportunity since the boys entered Babe Ruth at 13 years old. We are thrilled to be able to have qualified for such a tournament.”

Trumbull builds from the youth leagues on up.

“We truly are a program from 8U through 19U,” Buswell said. “Our current group of players started off playing together at 9 years old with Trumbull Travel baseball. They have migrated up to Trumbull Babe Ruth and soon will play Trumbull American Legion. To think these boys have played in Trumbull together for seven years is incredible.”

Buswell feels that building a program takes diligence.

"As the program director for Trumbull Travel and also the Trumbull Babe Ruth president, we scout Connecticut to find the best coaches we can get for our Trumbull boys,” he said. “Our assistant coach for the 15s Matt Renzoni is one of those people. Matt has practically grown up on the baseball field and serves a very important role for us. He understands the game, but most importantly knows how to teach it and motivate. Matt has been a high school varsity assistant coach for the past five years. I am convinced that he’s soon going to be a great head coaching hire for an athletic director.”

Meet the team

A.J. Albaladejo- A.J. is our starting catcher who also provides pitching and third base depth. A.J. has really blossomed into a vocal leader for us. He put in a lot of work in during the offseason and I think it’s paying major dividends for him.

D.J. Amaral- D.J. is our starting right fielder. He also gives our team great flexibility by being able to play left field and he can also catch. He has a very powerful bat and provides a major spark in the lineup.

Jack Durland- Jack is a table setter. He is our leadoff batter and our starting shortstop. It’s been a blessing to have a defensive shortstop as good as him. You truly value the shortstop position after having someone like him control the middle of the field.

Jackson DePino- Jackson is our starting second baseman. He does a lot of things for us that don’t necessarily show up in the box score. He plays great defense and forms a nice tandem up the middle with Jack. He is a lefty swinger who can really handle the bat. He can bunt, hit-and-run and can also drive a pitch over an outfielder’s head.

Sean Francoeur- Sean has been the ace of the staff for close to four years now. I speak for our players and coaches when I say that we like our chances when Sean is on the mound. He provides a ton of versatility as he is a starting outfielder when he doesn’t pitch and contributes a big bat to the lineup. He has a great skill set that allows him to do many things for our team.

Dylan Lamy- Dylan has worked hard over the past few years to be a key contributor. He is a front-end starting pitcher and has thrown the ball very well. He also provides depth at first base and third base while providing a big righty bat.

Jake Hull- Jake is quietly an unsung hero. He doesn’t get the publicity that he should, but everyone who is a part of our team truly knows how valuable he is. He bats in the middle of the lineup, starts in the outfield, and can also pitch. Jake is an excellent teammate who is always willing to do whatever is asked for the team.

Jeffrey Kraus- Jeffrey is a big lefty bat in the middle of our lineup. He is also a top pitcher in our rotation and has pitched many big games. A gifted player who plays outfield and first base, Jeffrey can get hot at the plate and go on torrid stretches.

Matt Wood- Matt is our starting center fielder. He bats at the top of the lineup and is a real catalyst. A big and strong athlete who brings a lot to our team, Matt can change a game with his bat or with his speed.

Joey Sabato- Joey is a lefty pitcher and first baseman. He was injured during the high school baseball and that has sidelined him this summer. It hasn’t stopped Joey, as he’s been at almost every single game even though he can’t play. That speaks volumes about him and the type of teammate and person that he is.

Nick Lobuono- Nick is our starting first baseman and also shares the catching duties with A.J. He works hard at his game and it’s shown during games and tournament play. He bats in the heart of our lineup and provides us with productive at bats and strong defensive play.

Ryan Warner- Ryan is our starting third baseman and our No. 3 hitter. He is an extremely consistent player who’s provided a ton of production. He is one of our strongest and fastest players, who can really do damage once he’s on the bases.

Scott Harvey- Scott is a lefty pitcher. He has pitched some good games this year and provides us with much needed depth on the mound. Scott is a great kid who is thought of in very high regards by his teammates and coaches.

Ryan McGurk- Ryan is new to the team this year. He has provided us with pitching and outfield depth. Unfortunately, Ryan is dealing with an injury that has sidelined him from All Star play.

Brandon Fowler- Brandon is a right-handed pitcher. Willing to do whatever is asked to help the team, he gives us great pitching depth and is a pleasure to be around.

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