UNION, NJ – Members of the Union Blaze 10U travel baseball team have really missed playing ball and are ready to get back to work. 

“The quarantine didn’t stop me from doing what I need to do in life,” said little leaguer Mark Womack, #1.  “It has made me stronger and more ready to play.”  Womack’s mother Colette said baseball is “his life” and he’s been practicing in the backyard batting cage and doing drills and strength training workouts since early February.  “He’s very excited for the season to start,” she said.

“I can’t live without baseball,” said Gio German, #99. “I can’t wait to get back on the field, see all of my teammates, and get on that mound!”

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About playing soon, Maddox, #7, said, “I’m very excited to put on my jersey once again.”

Coach Demond T. Hargrove (Coach Tee) said, “we are so excited for the opportunity for the kids to return to play safely. As coaches, it’s more than sport, we use athletics to teach our players life lessons to help them develop into successful young men.”

“I like playing baseball because it’s fun to steal bases and hit the ball,” said #18 Derek.  “I miss playing baseball with my friends.”

“Zachary, #12, said he and his teammates worked really hard over the winter and he’s very excited to get back to baseball.  “I've been practicing with my Dad at the park but it's not the same without my friends.”

“I miss baseball and my team. I can’t wait to play,” said C.J., #5.

"The past 3 months has been a difficult time for our society and especially our children," said Schuyler Sampson (Coach Sky).  "We are thrilled that they will be able to get back on the field and play the game that they love.  We are passionate about continuing to help the boys develop into great young men with an emphasis on having a commitment to excellence."

“I’m so excited baseball is back,” said Ramon, #2.  “Can’t wait to see my team again. Go Blaze!!”

"I miss baseball. I miss practicing, playing and cheering with my friends,” said Aidyn, #4.  “I’m hoping to start a season soon.  I have been running bases and practicing hitting and catching with my parents. Aside from being my favorite sport, baseball means to me more family members I didn't know I had.”

"Baseball makes me who I am now," said Avery, #27.  "Without baseball, I wouldn't be the same.  Baseball makes all my stress go away and I'm excited about being able to play again."