CSBL team ready for playoffs

Local players are part of the Abington Snapple team  which alternates its home games at both Tunkhannock Area High School and Keystone College. STAFF PHOTO/JOHN LUND

Local players are part of the Abington Snapple team which alternates its home games at both Tunkhannock Area High School and Keystone College. STAFF PHOTO/JOHN LUND

BY JOHN LUND

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 the Abington team 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 for their schools,” head coach Bill McDermott said, “all while balancing a full summer schedule that includes games, practices and summer jobs.”
Though the team has 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: Montrose’s Anthony Bartok (first baseman, headed to Albright College), Tunkhannock’s Wes Custer (catcher, Mansfield University), Alex Zaner (middle infield, Northampton Community College) and Louis Sick (pitcher, Mansfield University); and Lackawanna Trail’s Mason Mecke (pitcher/infield, Penn State Berks) and Vic Rosa (outfielder, headed to Temple University).