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12U Team in position to compete in CABA World Series

July 6, 2011
Special to the Town Crier 
Six young Canfield residents won their sixth tournament with the Ohio Glaciers, a traveling competitive baseball team based in Youngstown. The 12-and-under team, which consists of players from Ohio and Pennsylvania, has now extended their overall record to 43-3. The tournament, the Continental Amateur Baseball Association Pappi Palooza Tournament, was held in Rehoboth Beach, Del., at the Sports at the Beach facility. The Glaciers defeated teams from all over the Northeastern region of the country, including the Mid States Mavericks in the championship game, winning 6-5. This tournament win gives the Glaciers a berth in the CABA World Series. 

The following Canfield team members contributed to the success in the recent tournament: Joe DeLucia, Ethan Kalina, Chris Lewis, Joey Machuga, Zach Tinkey and Anthony Vross.

In the championship game against the Mavs, DeLucia started the Glaciers' four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning with a clutch RBI single resulting in a 5-3 Glaciers lead. Kalina hit a double against the South Jersey Brave and his RBI single against the Glen Rock (NJ) Thunder in the bottom of the third inning scored the winning run in the 15-0 run rule victory. Lewis blasted a two-run homer in the semifinals in the Ohio Glaciers 13-5 victory over the Technique Tigers Navy (NJ). Machuga hit five homeruns in the tourney including a grand slam in the semifinals against the Technique Tigers Navy (NJ). In the championship game against the Mavs, Zach Tinkey blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Glaciers a 5-3 lead over a tough Mavs Baseball team. Gloveman Vross had five assists and one putout at second base including a double play and was solid defensively throughout the tournament.

On June 28, it was announced that the Ohio Glaciers 12U travel baseball team has earned a berth in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Elite 32 Major World Series in Orlando, Fla. The competition, which will be hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World from July 9-17, is a prestigious, well-known national tournament that only offered to the top 32 USSSA travel baseball teams per division in the country. The 12U Ohio Glaciers currently hold a 47-3 record, championing seven tournaments so far this year.

Article Photos

Photo special to the Town Crier
The Glaciers 12-and-under team that qualified for the Elite 32 World Series in Florida this weekend include, in front: Zach Tinkey, Lucas Nasonti, Ethan Kalina, Anthony Vross, and Christian Fedko; in center row: Jake McCurry, Michael McDonough, Michael Turner, Parker Shannon, Chris Lewis, Joe DeLucia, and Joey Machuga; and in back: manager Anthony Vross, coaches Brian Turner, Bob Tinkey, Eric Kalina, and Darren Machuga.



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