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Base Ruth Baseball: Crown Point aims for the top

Crown Point 13-year-old All-Stars Andrew Mild (left) Ryan Bolda. | Anthony Nasella~For Sun-Times Media

Crown Point 13-year-old All-Stars Andrew Mild (left) and Ryan Bolda. | Anthony Nasella~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 3, 2013 6:26AM



As the Crown Point 13-year-old “A” All-Star team prepares for this week’s District I Babe Ruth Tournament, the team can relish in the fact it will receive an automatic berth in the upcoming state tournament, as Crown Point will be hosting the event.

That doesn’t mean Crown Point coach Scott Angel is lowering the standards for his team in the district tournament, in which Crown Point will compete with Dyer, Munster, Schererville, St. John and Whiting.

The team is filled with a strong nucleus of talent, and Angel is confident that almost all of his starting lineup has the potential of being the hitting star in any game.

The roster consists of Timmy Angel, George Babchuk, Ryan Bolda, Steve Carlson, Jake Defries, Ben Fredrich, Evan Georges, Jacob Loosemoore, Andrew Magurany, Andrew Mild, Adam Reagan, Aiden Swinford and Johnny Vittori.

“One of our strengths is definitely our hitting,” Angel said. “We’re confident in our abilities. Eight of the starters are definitely solid, and all 13 are capable of making the fundamental plays and even the spectacular ones.”

Angel said fundamentals are essential at the 13-year-old level.

“It’s the first year on the big bases for the kids,” Angel said. “Not walking kids and making them earn their way on base is a big factor, too. And if you do the routine plays at this level, you’ll stay in the game. The question is, are we going to be execute those plays when the game is on the line?

“And if we do that, I don’t see why we can win district. Though we have an automatic bid, those who know my coaching style know that my kids don’t just come out and play just to play. We play to win.”

Mild said the 12-year-old all-star team on which he played in 2012 advanced to the state tournament but was eliminated early. He’s optimistic the 13-year-old “A” team can excel in both district and state.

“What we did last year was pretty good,” Mild said. “This year, I really think we can get past state. Schererville, Munster and Dyer will be good games. We beat most of the 14-year-old teams during the season.”

Mild, a first baseman and pitcher, said he definitely feels more natural as a pitcher, but some of his favorite major leaguers are hitters.

“One of my favorite players growing up was (former Cub) Derek Lee,” he said. “Now, my favorite player is (the Angels’) Josh Hamilton.”



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