Back Row: Connor Brill, Coach Chris Brown, Ben Peterson, Mark Kelly (hidden behind trophy), William Briggs, Mason Tobias, Coach James Welch
Front Row: Kneeling-Charlie Curran, Matthew Coniglio, Jack Leonard, William Allott, Paul Dottori, Samson Heyer, Nate Bernstein, Noah Saed, and Justin Halky.
Year-End Report from Westport Baseball and Softball; Election of New Presidents/CEOs; 2016 Highlights and Program Updates; Field Update
With the fall seasons of Little League baseball and softball, Advanced baseball, Travel baseball and softball and Challenger baseball complete, Westport Baseball and Softball (WBS) wanted to send around an update as we begin to prepare for the various spring seasons.
As 2016 draws to a close, WBS held elections with respect to the presidency/chief executive officer role for the organization. The Board of Directors of WBS elected each of Jeffrey Brill and David Goldshore to serve as President/Chief Executive Officer of WBS. Jeff and Dave have allocated between them responsibilities for WBS's various programs and operations. In connection with the announcement, Jeff White, Chairman of the Board, said "I want to take this opportunity to thank Rich Rosier for his service to WBS since first volunteering in 2010 and becoming a member of the Board in 2012. In serving as a coach, Fall Commissioner, Minors Commissioner, Player Agent and President/Chief Executive Officer, he has helped strengthen our programs and demonstrated the utmost integrity and collegiality." Mr. White explained that the responsibilities, duties and opportunities for the President/CEO have grown over time, and the Board decided to expand the role, requiring two highly qualified candidates to serve. "I, along with the rest of the Board, look forward to supporting and collaborating with Jeff and Dave going forward and am confident that their skill sets and experience are highly complementary such that our baseball and softball programs will be enriched."
"I look forward to partnering with Dave and working with the Board and the community as we strive to enhance, maintain the fairness and accessibility of, and ensure the seamless coordination of, all of the programs offered by WBS to players ages 5 through 19," said Jeff Brill. This single organization continues to offer Westport residents Little League baseball and softball, Advanced baseball, Travel baseball and softball and Challenger baseball.
"By pairing a re-energized Little League with our elite and competitive Travel and Advanced baseball programs, we are confident that we will be the one-stop shop for all interested Westport ball players," said Dave Goldshore. WBS remains committed to growing these and our other programs.
Highlights on the Diamond/Program Updates
WBS wants to highlight below some of the successes and achievements that the boys and girls enjoyed on the field in 2016 as well as certain program updates:
Westport Youth Travel participation remained high, with nearly 100 boys playing in Spring 2016 and 120 registrants at try-outs for Spring 2017 teams. Among other exciting moments, the Spring 10U teams were undefeated during the regular season, with the 10U National team winning the Baseball Heaven Spring Challenge Tournament and the 10U American team reaching the playoff finals. The Spring 8U team won the Weston Memorial Day Tournament.
Westport Advanced Baseball fielded teams at the Travel, Babe Ruth and American Legion levels. The program’s leadership devoted considerable time this Fall to focusing on a customized player development program catering to different skill levels, which is expected to pave the road for a successful Spring season. Co-Vice Presidents of Advanced Baseball, Joe Glennon and Mark Lindwall, are passionate about carrying the torch from the younger baseball programs in order to extend players' experiences in town and to build upon the baseball culture in Westport.
In the fall, the girls experienced considerable success in their tournaments. The
10U White team won a Westport Halloween tournament. The 12U Blue team went undefeated and outscored opponents 35-4 en route to winning a USSSA tournament in October. The 14U Blue team won the Wolcott Snowball tournament in November, while the 14U White team had a very strong finish in its last tournament. The 16U team went undefeated on its way to winning the USSSA OktoberFAST tournament in Hartford.
In the summer, Westport was very proud of the achievements of its softball teams. For example, the 8U girls team won the Trumbull summer tournament. The 10U All Stars won Districts, Sectionals and States and subsequently came in third place in Regionals in Pennsylvania. The 11U All Star team swept Fairfield in a three game series to win the 2016 District 2 Little League Championship. The team then advanced to the Connecticut Little League State Tournament in East Hartford, went undefeated and came from behind to win the championship game to win the 2016 Connecticut Little League State Championship.
Tournament teams were formed, affording players across age groups options to play baseball over the summer, including on District teams, Tournament teams and a Fairfield County house league team. Both of the 11U and 12U District teams advanced from pool play.
In anticipation of Westport Challenger Baseball's forthcoming fifth spring season, WBS proudly reflects on another successful and fun season in 2016 for the Westport Winners team. Challenger baseball is a league comprised of boys and girls, ages 5 through 18, with mental and/or physical challenges. Westport Challenger baseball is funded entirely by private contributions, enabling WBS to offer the program at no cost to parents of participants. The Westport Winners played great baseball against teams from other towns in Fairfield County in Spring and Fall and were able to participate in skills clinics during the Summer, with many games followed by a pizza party. Each player is paired with a "buddy" from Westport, who is often a past or current Little League player, resulting in camaraderie across our programs and lasting friendships. If you know of a child who would be interested in joining, or being a buddy to a player in, our Challenger league in the Spring, please contact the Commissioner, Beth Cody, at
With the arrival of the cold weather, we turn our attention to the maintenance of our fields. Most members of the baseball and softball community may not realize that of the 20 fields we use for baseball and softball in town, Westport Little League has the responsibility and expense of maintaining the four fields on North Compo plus the three fields at Coleytown. We are the only sports organization in Westport that bears the operating costs and pays for any capital repairs for these fields. Proceeds from registration fees are allocated to fund this maintenance and repair, and WBS is grateful for the support.
As we look forward to spring, WBS is pleased to update the baseball and softball community on the renovations of certain fields that will be ready for the spring. We have completed our annual project to cut back and re-sod the edges of the infields at the four Compo fields and at Don Levy Field at Coleytown. Clay was replaced as well, and at two of the fields, we upgraded to a higher grade clay which has a different, orange color, which we have been advised holds up better in the dry summer months. Please let us know in the spring how you like the new surface, which will help guide us going forward.
We will soon be contacting you with information regarding registration for Little League in the spring. We look forward to seeing you out on the fields in the spring.
Happy Holidays and stay warm.
WESTPORT BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
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WYTB Spring 2017 9-12u Travel Rosters
All, thanks to everyone for an incredible turnout for 9-12u tryouts this past Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Your energy and commitment to playing Westport travel baseball helps ensure our program can provide the best atmosphere possible for competitive youth baseball development.
Below please find the 9-12u rosters and details for the upcoming Spring 2017 season. Congratulations.
WYTB Spring 2016 Rosters:
12U: Coach Ian Thoesen Coach Jeff Slane Roster:
11U American: Coach Chris Brown Coach TBD Roster:
11U National: Coach Joe Cossuto Coach TBD Roster:
10U: Coach Scott Carew Coach TBD Roster:
9U: Coach Chris Brown Coach TBD Roster:
8U: Coach Joe Cossuto Coach George Saivades
Back Row: Coaches Vince Kelly, Jeff Brill, and George Savaides
Middle Row: Aaron Varsov, Matt Staub, Will Briggs, Eric Skolnick, Paul Dotori, Mark Kelly, Connor Brill, Ben Zwick, Mason Tobias, Samson Heyer
Front Row: Mac Ahern, Samuel Zinzi, Charlie Curran, Nate Bernstein, Noah Saed, Will Allott
Westport Wreckers 10U National
Baseball Heaven 2016 Spring Challenge Tournament Champs!
Front row: Jake Coniglio, Alex Fiala, Andrew Oppenheimer, Cameron Germishuys, Jack Farnen and Jack Kiely
Second row: Assistant coach James Welch, Caleb Smith, Will Dennison, Jay Anastasi, Tommy Pappas, Colin Menninger, Alex St. Andre and Manager Chris Brown
Not pictured: Andrew Hess and James Hannon
Westport Wreckers 9U East Shore League Team Picture
Bottom row: Devin Kass, Nathan Smith, Kathleen Coffey, Russell Kelsey, Jacob Ceisler, Jacob Greenberger, Matteo Lombardo, Jared Lessing
Top row: Eli Haskel, Jacob Goldshore, Cormac Mulvey, Tyler Signorile, Charley Leahy, Ben Cukier, Jameson Russell, Gavin Zahler, John Miscioscia (Coach)
Westport Wreckers Take 2nd in 11U Elite Division of the East Shore fall league
Back row: Asst Coach Dan Burr, James McGarry, Ethan Cukier, Aiden Rourke, Cameron Lyons, James Hillhouse, Alex Oppenheimer, Jaron Kline, Luca Robins, Head Coach Russ Burr.
Front row: Teddy Sachs, Gavin Rothenberg, Jason Lessing, Josh Friedman, Jack Oakley, JJ Kass, Holden Caney (not pictured).