Canfield baseball players Joe DeLucia, Joey Machuga, Zach Tinkey and Anthony Vross are flying high after making history on Saturday, July 27, by helping their Ohio Glaciers 13-and-under team win the Triple Crown Baseball World Series in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Back home, their families, friends and fans gathered at Dooney's Downtown Grill & Bar in Youngstown, to watch them play on live TV. Throughout the broadcast, the CBS Sports announcers repeatedly complimented the Glaciers organization on the team's strong fundamentals and discipline, specifically mentioning, "It's very impressive that an Ohio team from a cold weather climate made it to the championship game."
While the majority of the teams in these national tournaments reside in climates that allow them the opportunity to practice outside year-round, the Glaciers must utilize their indoor facility in Struthers, throughout the winter months.
During the tournament, the Glaciers outscored their opponents 59-36, defeating OC Boltz from California, to advance to championship game against the Twin City Bulldogs from Texas. Catcher DeLucia proved to be a wall behind the plate, making blocks to prevent runs from crossing. Machuga not only anchored the corner on third base, but added key hits and RBIs throughout the tournament. Tinkey showed good form on the mound and proved vital on first. Vross kept the infield clean at second while driving in runs. On the rubber, he also contributed to his team's success.
"These kids have an amazing work ethic they've worked extremely hard to make it to this point and I, along with the rest of the Glaciers organization, couldn't be any more proud of this group of young athletes," said Anthony Vross, manager of the 13u team and president of the Ohio Glacriers program. "Their dedication has definitely paid off with this big win I know they'll hold on to these fond memories forever."
The Glaciers' season record is 53-12 with five tournament championships, winning their league with a 12-0 record. This same Glaciers team won the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series in Chicago in 2010.
Vross also paid tribute to the team's exceptional trainers and coaches, including coaches Bob Tinkey, Darren Machuga and Brian Turner and trainers Jack Kucek (pitching), John Zizzo (defense) and Jay Fennel (hitting). "We have an outstanding training and coaching staff at the Glaciers. Our focus on fundamentals and player skills, combined with showing respect for the game through excellence, is what sets our organization apart."