CSBL team ready for playoffs
BY JOHN LUND
Wyoming County Press Examiner
The Abington College Summer Baseball League team, sponsored by Snapple beverages, gives local Wyoming and Susquehanna county baseball players the opportunity to improve their baseball skills before many go on to play for their respective colleges or universities.
This is the first year that Team Snapple is playing in the CSBL, but most of the players have been teammates on different teams for years.
The basis for the CSBL team evolved from the inception of the Abington Cyclones travel team several years ago that played games throughout the east coast.
Many of the current members of the CSBL first started playing for the Cyclones and are excited for the opportunity to continue playing for their counties.
“The goal of this team is to give our local players a place where they can play competitive college level baseball and prepare themselves to compete at the next level,” head coach Bill McDermott said, “all while balancing a full summer schedule that includes games, practices and summer jobs.”
Though the team has a full roster on paper, coaches still may face obstacles when filling out their lineup card every week.
“One of the biggest challenges summer teams face is vacations and working around player’s work schedules,” McDermott said. “All of our guys are committed ballplayers but most of them still have to hold down a summer job. Thankfully their employers are usually helpful in letting our guys be flexible.”
Some former local high school players include: Tunkhannock’s Wes Custer (catcher, headed to Mansfield University), Alex Zaner (middle infield, headed to Northampton Community College) and Louis Sick (pitcher, headed to Mansfield University); Lackawanna Trail’s Mason Mecke (pitcher/infield, headed to Penn State Berks) and Vic Rosa (outfielder, headed to Temple University); and Montrose’s Anthony Bartok (first baseman, headed to Albright College).
Team Snapple finished their regular season at 8-7 and will begin playoffs this weekend.