The Ohio Glaciers 14-and-under team competed earlier this month in the Perfect Game World Series in Fort Myers, Fla. The team played against some of the top teams in the country, spanning from California to New Jersey, at the Boston Red Sox Jet Blue Park Developmental Complex. The Glaciers went 5-1 in pool play, but were unable to participate in the playoffs due to a statistical pick decision since three other teams in the pool had the same record.
This Glaciers team was ranked nationally two years in a row in the top 20 by TravelBall Select, which helped prove to the Perfect Game staff that they were worthy to be considered as one of the top 14 travel teams in the country. The 14U Glaciers have concluded their 2013 season with 44-11 record. The Glaciers won the CABA World Series in Chicago when they were 11 years old and the Triple Crown World Series in Colorado last year. They also won the large Triple Crown Battle on the Border tournament this year in the tri-county area, defeating Beaver Valley Red in the championship game. The Glaciers' highlight of the Perfect Game tournament was defeating the Houston Banditos (Texas), the team that went on to win the tournament. The Glaciers were the only team in the tournament to give the Banditos a loss, winning 5-4. The other teams the Glaciers played in their pool were Georgia Jackets, Team Northwest from Washington, Tri-State Arsenal out of New Jersey, Orlando Scorpions from Florida, and South Florida Elite Squad.
The Glaciers' coaching staff consists of Brett Pitzulo, former coach for Boardman High School; Jim Zerilla, former head coach for Louisville; and John Zizzo, former head coach of Youngstown State University. Zerilla is also the Glaciers organization's college recruiting specialist and gives advice to players and families on earning baseball scholarships from colleges and universities.
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The Glaciers 14-and-under team that played a perfect game at the World Series in Florida this month includes, in the front row, Josh Trautman of Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Austin Domer of Orville, Sam Gardner of Mercer, Luke Nasonti of Champion, Cade Negley of Butler, Anthony Vross of Canfield, and Ryan Petrone of Deer Lakes, and in back row are, coach Jim Zerilla from Louisville, coach Brett Pitzulo of Boardman, Joe DeLucia of Canfield, Markus Schlabach and Justin Eichbaum of Waynesdale, Joey Machuga of Canfield, Parker Shannon of Strongsville, Mike Turner of Champion, Jake Trautman of Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Steve Kokoski of Lakeview, Tristen Zimmer of Chartiers Valley, and coach John Zizzo, former head coach at Youngstown State University.