Greenwich Cannons announce 2015 tryout dates, team lineup

Greenwich senior legion’s Hunter Frantz swings for the fences during a game at Kiwanis Field in Fairfield. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Greenwich senior legion’s Hunter Frantz swings for the fences during a game at Kiwanis Field in Fairfield. — Paul Silverfarb photo

The Greenwich Cannons American Legion Baseball program announces that tryouts for the 2015 spring and summer season will take place on Friday, Jan. 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy in Stamford.

Players may obtain further information and register for the tryouts at Greenwichcannons.org. There is no fee to tryout, but pre-registration is required.

The Cannons will field teams at three levels in the Connecticut Chapter of American Legion Baseball the nation’s pre-eminent youth baseball organization: Senior Cannons (17- to 19-year-olds); Junior Cannons (15- to 17-year-olds); and Prep Cannons (13- to 15-year-olds).

It is the goal of Greenwich American Legion Baseball to provide a unique baseball experience for players seeking the highest levels of competition. The objective is to attract players from ages 13 to 19 in Greenwich who are committed to playing baseball and who aspire to compete at the high school level and beyond.

Each Cannons team will play in the competitive Connecticut American Legion Zone IV, including teams from Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan/Darien, Trumbull, Fairfield, Wilton, Ridgefield, Bridgeport and Westport.

Cannons players on college baseball rosters include: Ryan Marks (Columbia), Taylor Olmstead (University of Connecticut and drafted by Texas Rangers, 2013), Bradley Wilpon, (University of Pennsylvania and drafted by Boston Red Sox, 2014), Dylan Callahan (Trinity College), Kyle Dunster (Boston College  and drafted by New York Mets, 2014), Mike Dunster (Clemson University), JT Hintzen (Sewanee University) and Ryan Hardin (Amherst College).

According to Senior Legion coach Mike Abate, the Cannons offer committed players the opportunity to develop skills under professional coaching, while playing the highest level of competition.

“Starting with the Prep team, and carrying through to the Seniors, the Cannons program has a single mission — to help Greenwich’s most serious young baseball players reach their potential,” said Abate. “For some, that is playing high school ball at Greenwich High, Brunswick or other private schools. But for many others the Legion path leads to college and professional baseball. The coaching staff at all levels work with each player to help them reach their individual goals.”

For additional information and to register for tryouts, visit the Cannons at Greenwichcannons.org.

A limited number of coaching opportunities are available for qualified candidates. Please contact Kevin Kelly to arrange an interview at [email protected].

Greenwich American Legion Baseball was formed in 2004 in order to offer a highly competitive baseball experience for youth baseball players in Greenwich.

The goal of the program is to provide the opportunity for dedicated baseball players to compete at a high level against the most skilled teams in Connecticut and Westchester County. Players are instructed by a first rate group of professional coaches for all three teams with exceptional baseball backgrounds both as players and as coaches.

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