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PORT ST. LUCIE -- Baseball is a huge sport not only in Florida but especially in Port St. Lucie. While Little League Baseball only lasts a few months of the year, there is whole other world of Travel Baseball that never ends. Travel Baseball teams are made of the best of the best in a particular area that compete with teams all of the country. Team Easton is a travel baseball team for nine- year olds based out of Sportsmans Park in Port St. Lucie.
Team Easton was started about a year ago by local baseball player Tony Germano.
"Most people don't even know there is home grown Travel Baseball Team consisting of the best 9 year olds and under here on the Treasure Coast " said Mr. Germano of Port St. Lucie. "We really have something special here. It is rare to have so much talent on a baseball team and even more unbelievable that they are only 9 years old and from Port St. Lucie."
Many travel baseball teams pull players from other cities across the state and even from other states to make up a great team. Team Easton is made up of local players who have demonstrated outstanding skills that can take them a long way.
"We take pride in knowing we don't have to bring kids in from other towns across the state or fly kids in from different states as many teams do to compete at various tournaments," said Mr. Germano. "My coaching staff and I take a lot of pride in working with these kids and their talents developing them into phenomenal baseball players".
Travel baseball is a huge commitment for the players and parents. It is expensive to enter tournaments, rent fields for practice, equipment, umpires along with the many unseen expenses associated with travel baseball.
When they are not practicing or playing, they spend our time in front of grocery stores trying to help raise money for our team.
"It would be nice to have some businesses or some generous sponsors to help as other teams but we are glad that our kids learn to take pride in knowing how much money and dedication it takes to be on a travel team,"Mr. Germano said.
Team Easton won second place in the state Championship in Kissimmee and last week, won the Daytona Beach Bash 9U Championship in which teams from all over the state were invited to compete.
The team will now be going to the ESPN Winter World Series Dec. 27 through Jan. 1 to compete with teams from all over the country.
To help support Team Easton, contact Tony Germano at (772) 216-5970.