Sub 18-Midville Dodgers Trek to Jackson, Mississippi for NABF World Series
by Christopher Brito
Aug 05, 2009 | 3671 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Back Row L to R: Manager Greg Modica, Danny Friel, Jesse Friedman, Justin Farnum, Eric Cooper, Chris Mignoli, Ariel Gomerez, Chris Brudie, James Moussa, Miguel Garcia, Justin Corporan, Frank Milito, Frank DiMaria, Pat Brown, Joe Lentino, Coach Nick D’Errico
Front Row L to R: Steve Varela, Jose Perez, Michael Weber, Anthony Infante, Thomas Cloonen, Nelson Arroyo
Back Row L to R: Manager Greg Modica, Danny Friel, Jesse Friedman, Justin Farnum, Eric Cooper, Chris Mignoli, Ariel Gomerez, Chris Brudie, James Moussa, Miguel Garcia, Justin Corporan, Frank Milito, Frank DiMaria, Pat Brown, Joe Lentino, Coach Nick D’Errico Front Row L to R: Steve Varela, Jose Perez, Michael Weber, Anthony Infante, Thomas Cloonen, Nelson Arroyo
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Since the amateur baseball season began in late May, the Midville Dodgers have hungered for a chance to participate in 18-and-Under National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) World Series. And after a four month long journey, the Dodgers have finally reached the promised land in Jackson, Mississippi, where the NABF World Series pennant awaits.

The NABF World Series runs from August 5th onto August 9th and features a 15-team bracket. Each team had to win a regional tournament in order to earn a berth in the championship. The Dodgers earned their way in by winning the Nassau County NABF Regional Tournament.

In Nassau County Regional Tournament, the Midville club faced off against some of the top ball clubs in the entire New York State like the New York Cardinals, a powerhouse from Astoria, and the Long Island Astros, whom the Dodgers had to beat twice in the tournament. However, the tournament proved to be no major bump in the road, as the Dodgers easily swept the floor with competition; racking up four wins, the tournament crown, and a spot on the NABF World Series bracket with their name on it.

The Dodgers, the home team from Middle Village, has prided itself in being one of the best sub-18 amateur teams in New York City, constantly positioning themselves in the upper echelon of local clubs.

Coached by 29 year-old Greg Modica, their 30-7-1 record is reflective of the hard work and preparation the team has put in. Modica, now in his third year as skipper, has collected his share of baseball experience by pitching professionally for the San Diego Padres organization and the Atlantic Baseball League, have made him the ideal instructor to this young team.

Following Coach Modica are a bunch of 18-year old high school seniors and college freshmen, whose unbounded energy and dedication have transformed this squad from a local standout onto a national contender.

The scale of the tournament might build up some pressure on the young players, but the team’s methodical approach suggests otherwise.

When asked whether the tournament’s caliber held any affect whatsoever on the team, Coach Modica simply replied, “We look at it as another game. We’re just trying to have fun.”

Ready or not, the stage is set for the NABF World Series in Jackson, Mississippi.

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