New Milford baseball team, softball team both headed to World Series
NEW MILFORD — The O’Dell family of New Milford has a busy few weeks ahead.
They first have to go to Aberdeen, Maryland, for 12-year-old Kailan’s Cal Ripken World Series tournament, which starts June 29, then to Jensen Beach, Florida, for 8-year-old Abigail’s Babe Ruth World Series tournament, which starts Aug. 3.
“We’re gonna be in hotels for a long time,” said Casey O’Dell, their father.
Just how they’ll make the journey is still up in the air, said mom Vanessa. But they’re all ecstatic about play of the the 8 and Under New Milford Breakers and the 12 and Under New Milford Pride this season.
First, the Breakers won their New England Regional Tournament with several landslide victories over teams from all around New England and punched their ticket to Florida for the Babe Ruth 8 and Under World Series. Then the Pride did the same, winning a spot in the Maryland-based 12 and Under Cal Ripken World Series.
Both teams will be repping all of New England, and both coaches have their eyes on World Series victories.
“We’re definitely not going down there just to be there,” said Pride Manager Bill Granata.
Breakers Coach Michelle McNamara echoed that sentiment, adding that she thinks the girls still don’t fully understand just how much they’ve accomplished.
The boys will play their first game July 30 against Hawaii, Granata said. And the girls begin play Aug. 6, opponent to be determined, McNamara said.
For now, coaches are trying to figure out the logistics of getting several families on the road, or in the air, to attend the tournaments.
Both teams are raising money to cover travel coasts. If you want to help the Pride, contact Granata at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you want to help the Breakers there is a GoFundMe page already set up.
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