SUMMIT, NJ - While six legends of the game will officially cement that status when they are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame July 28, twenty-two boys from two Summit 12U baseball teams -- the Hilltoppers and the Yetis -- will also be in Cooperstown, NY, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the game's ultimate shrine.
The 'Boys of Summer' from Summit will be there to compete in “the crown jewel of youth tournament baseball in America” at Cooperstown’s All-Star Village. This year marks the first time that Summit Junior Baseball and Softball (SJBS) will send two teams to Cooperstown.
Working very hard since January for the opportunity to represent Summit, most of the boys on the Yetis have played baseball together since First Grade T-ball. The Yetis are led by Head Coach John Semler along with assistant coaches Serge Masyra, Pat McGovern and Chris Zotti.
From January through July, the Yetis have had more than 120 sessions of baseball ranging from winter training, pitching lessons with LCJSMS 8th Grade Head Coach, Ike Welsh, fitness and yoga training with Carolyn Semler and Andrea Scaramelli, 42 games played in the USABL spring & summer leagues and four tournaments against area teams from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
“The players have worked hard in training since January as evidenced by a successful tournament in South Jersey July 21-22 and are ready to go to Cooperstown and take on all comers from across the country,” said Semler.
Assistant coach Zotti reflected on the excitement of the team, “Having had all of this baseball and the way the kids have all come together as a complete 'team', we are excited for them to test their talents with some of the best baseball teams in the country, at Cooperstown. Regardless of any score or outcome, we are extremely proud of how our boys have grown as players and individuals. They should be proud of themselves.”
The Yetis will join other 12U baseball teams from across the country to make memories playing a sport they love with their teammates, coaches, and families.
"We are very proud of the YETIs. We wish both of our Cooperstown teams the very best of luck in the tournament," said Dennis McKeever, Board President, Summit Junior Baseball & Softball.