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Massimo Pasquarelli of the Amsterdam 11-and-under baseball squad warms up prior to practice on Thursday at Isabel’s Field.
By ADAM SHINDER
The Amsterdam 11-and-under travel baseball team — with a few tweaks to the roster — will wrap up its summer season this weekend with a stiff test that should get a rapidly-improving squad ready for both the fall season and next year.
Tonight, Amsterdam will open up pool play in the 11/12+ AAA division of the Eastern New York Travel Baseball Last Man Standing tournament. The Rams will host their pool games at Isabel’s Field, facing the 12U Mohawk Valley Thunder tonight at 6 p.m. and the 11U Tri-City Bombers Saturday at 10 a.m. before the championship bracket begins Sunday. Isabel’s will also play host to a pair of championship bracket games Sunday, with the rest of the tournament being held at Abner Doubleday Field in Ballston Spa.
“They had a great last fall season, a great spring season,” Amsterdam coach Steve Pasquarelli said. “We want to keep them into it before we head into our fall season.”
For the Amsterdam squad, which is coached by Pasquarelli alongside Jason Platt and Mike Reagan, the weekend figures to be an interesting challenge as the Rams are one of just three primarily 11U clubs in the nine-team field. Most of the teams Amsterdam will face over the weekend are recruited teams that play in the ENYTBL, while the Rams play their regular season games in the Empire State Baseball League.
“They’ll be a little bit older than the kids we normally play,” Pasquarelli said. “It’ll be good competition for them.”
With three of the 11U regulars unavailable for the tournament — Emmanual Santos, Mason Gieseler and Andrew Baaki, Amsterdam will have some reinforcements on its roster in the form of four players from the Amsterdam 12U team: Noah Marshall, Spencer Cotugno, Luke Tambasco and Kody Rogers.
That foursome will integrate with a group that’s…