KENILWORTH, NJ, - 13-year-old Gus Carreto Jr., of Kenilworth is headed to the Dominican Republic to represent the United States, as a member of the 2016 13U USA-LABC national baseball team.

The selection process occurs at more than 30 national tryout events, with more than 5,000 athletes competing for a spot. Members of the team then have the opportunity to represent the United States in the Latin American Baseball Classic.

The Latin American Baseball Classic is among the largest of Latin America’s youth baseball events. The event, which has been in existence for over 30 years, is held annually in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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Carreto, an eighth-grade student at David Brearley Middle School, has been playing baseball since the age of five. He started with the Elmora Youth League and began playing with the traveling Elmora Troopers at the age of seven.

When his family moved to Union, he played for the travel team there, followed by the Gamers Baseball Academy’s club team in Kenilworth. Carreto also plays baseball for David Brearely Middle School.

After his club team Gamers Baseball Academy went on to win the USABL World Series Carreto was then given the opportunity to represent his country in the USA-LABC.

Carreto’s younger brother Romeo also loves baseball and looks up to his older brother and hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps, as he currently plays with the Kenilworth Little League.

Anna Giacalone is a student-writer for TAP into Kenilworth.