It’s been a fast start for the Delaware Express, a new 10-and-under traveling baseball team. The team, which consists of 11 players from Smyrna and three from Dover, is still in its first season, but it’s already winning tournaments. Delaware Express has now won three straight summer tournaments while competing against travel teams from all over the East Coast.
It’s been a fast start for the Delaware Express, a new 10-and-under traveling baseball team.
The team, which consists of 11 players from Smyrna and three from Dover, is still in its first season, but it’s already winning tournaments.
Delaware Express has now won three straight summer tournaments while competing against travel teams from all over the East Coast.
“Their achievements have totally exceeded anything I could have imagined when I met with a group of parents to discuss starting a team last October,” said team manager Mike Henderson.
The coaches conducted a tryout in December and began practicing in January. The team picked up a couple additions along the way and hasn’t looked back.
Delaware Express plays primarily at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown.
The team got its growing pains out of the way after going 0-3 in its first tournament in April.
In its second tournament, at Laurel, the team went 2-2 and captured second place.
Since then, Delaware Express has been on a tear, winning three straight tournament championships and 15 out of 17 games at Sports at the Beach against teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.
On August 29 and 30, the Delaware Express will travel to the Ripken Baseball Academy for a weekend tournament, and then continue as an 11 and under team starting in September and going into November.
“Even with all of our unexpected success, the most impressive thing about these young men is their individual character that helps make up a team chemistry that's unheard of from 9 and 10 year olds,” Henderson said. “They push each other and have a confidence on the field that makes us ‘just fun to watch’ to quote an opposing Long Island team coach from last weekend.”
Every kid on the team has come through when asked at some pivotal part of some game this season, Henderson said.
The players’ parents support the team with passion and dedication, Henderson said. Given the state of the economy, the team has limited sponsorship support, so the parents have had to help raise funds to pay for the team’s expenses, like tournament fees, insurance, equipment and uniforms.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the team can contact Mike Henderson via the team website, www.delawareexpress.net.
Delaware Express wished to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support: Express team assistant Kevin Turner (Dover High baseball coach), Wesley baseball coach Tripp Keister, and the Dover and Smyrna School Districts for use of their facilities.
Team roster: Nyair Campbell of Smyrna, Jeremy Carrow of Smyrna, Mike Carrow of Smyrna, Connor Dulin of Smyrna, Joey Haass of Dover, Nolan Henderson of Smyrna, Mikayle Holloway of Smyrna, Brandt Penuel of Smyrna, Miguel Rivera of Dover, Tyler Rosello of Smyrna, Ryan Seymour of Smyrna, Cameron Turner of Dover, Drew Zlock of Smyrna, and Zach Zlock of Smyrna
Coaches: manager Mike Henderson, and coaches Bill Carrow, Eric Carrow, Andy Zlock, Scott Turner and Armando Rivera.