Rising Stars Come Out to Play Ball in Danbury This Summer
What's the best part about summer? Long days? Warm nights? School being out? Or is it America's pastime: Baseball. While the MLB has been underway since April, there is local talent right here in the Danbury area that's just getting warmed up.
The Danbury Westerners are launching into their 25th season this year, and they are bringing elite college ball-players from around the country to showcase their skill. Some players don't have a very far commute, like Danbury native Jason Alveraz. While others have made a trip across the country, such as Alex Bello, who has come up from Miami, Florida.
One player to keep an extra close eye on is third-year pitcher Eli Olephant. Olephant throws for Fairfield University during the spring and is coming off a very impressive performance. He ended this past season with an ERA of 1.79, punching out 47 batters while only allowing 10 runs in 50 innings of work.
Danbury is a part of the NECBL (New England Collegiate Baseball League), an organization of thirteen teams from around the region with the newest addition being the Martha Vinyard Sharks. Every team takes pride in sending players to go pro: some notable alumni from Danbury include Billy Burns (Kansas City Royals), Mike Ford (New York Yankees), and Mike Hauschild (Houston Astros).
The Danbury Westerners opened their season against the Ocean State Waves on June 5th at Rodger's Park. Then they'll have a stretch of three games over the weekend; playing one at home on Friday, and going on a road trip for Saturday and Sunday.