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Baseball and summer go hand it hand. We are fortunate to have a team of up and comers call The Hat City home.

The Danbury Westerners are a collegiate summer baseball team that is part of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. You can catch home games right at the edge of downtown at Rogers Park. Fun fact: They are the oldest team in the league, having played the inaugural season in 1995. The organization behind the team is a non-profit with the mission to provide “Major League Baseball-supported summer professional development baseball entertainment.”

These college players are out there with dreams of playing in the big time. Some of them make it. “The Danbury Westerners currently have five former players in the major leagues and more than 45 playing in the minor leagues and independent professional leagues. Between this year and last, 18 Westerners were drafted by Major League Baseball teams,” pointed out Jennifer Morandi, the board of directors vice president of operations. She added that, “Before they got there, though, each of the them played here in Danbury for eight weeks, one summer - sometimes two summers. They stayed with volunteer host families, and they visited local schools, libraries, senior centers and other community organizations. They became a part of the greater Danbury community while they were here.”

We finally made it to our first Westerners Game this year. It was great to be outside on a clear, warm summer night watching some baseball. The stadium seating is small, but you can bring your own lawn chairs and saddle up to the sideline fences instead. We totally plan to do that next time. There are the classic baseball concessions like burgers, hot dogs, and soda. This year there’s also Hog Wild BBQ.

We love the crack of the wooden bat. We love the passionate crowd cheering on the players. The games are perfect for families. It was sweet to watch kids eagerly awaiting a chance to get their photo taken with Westy, the team mascot. Tickets only cost $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and free for children under 12. Current and former military personnel also get in for free. If you’re a baseball fan, a Danbury Westerners game is simply a great way to spend a summer evening.

The season is fairly compact, starting in early June and going until the end of July, with the playoffs beginning in early August. To get the full home game schedule visit the team website: www.danburywesterns.com or you can check out the Facebook page: Facebook.com/WesternersBaseball 

This post, in it's entirety, can be found at Hat City Centric and a version was previously printed in The Tribuna.

 

 

The Danbury Westerners Baseball Club is an all volunteer, non-profit service organization!

Our goal is to provide enhance our community through affordable, famiy-friendly baseball entertainment and to provide a rewarding summer experience for all Westerners players, coaches, host families, interns, volunteers, sponsors, honorees and fans.

Did you know?

  • Each year the Westerners host a free baseball clinic for our young fans
  • Each Westerners home game honors a not-for-profit or other service organization
  • All current or former military personnel are admitted for free to our games
  • The Westerners are advocates of literacy, and for the past five seasons have donated thousands of tickets to local libraries and elementary schools to promote reading through our ERA (Eager Readers Achieve) program
  • The Westerners support our not-for-profits throughout the year by donating prize packages, which include free tickets, merchandise, and an opportunity to throw out a first pitch or take batting practice with the team?
  • The Westerners, and Westy, make numerous appearances during the summer at elementary schools, nursing homes and other venues

The cost of running this elite summer collegiate baseball program is high. Each season we go through approximately 100 wooden bats and 1,000 baseballs, and incur significant costs for busing, facilities, equipment, umpires, player meals, marketing, and league fees.

Your donation, of any amount, makes a difference!  Click below to make a secure donation on our Razoo.com page.

https://www.razoo.com/story/Danbury-Westerners-Baseball

Baseball Camp!

2015 SUMMER BASEBALL CAMP
Train & learn the secrets from tomorrow's PROS!
 
Returning campers from 2013 & 2014 click here to register
 
Youth Camp (K - 6th grades) full and half day camps available!
HS Prep Camp (Grades 7 -8)
HS Elite Camp (Grade 9 - 10)
 
For more information please click here!
 
View the  Youth Camp Flyer
 View the HS Prep & Elite Camp Flyer.

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2015 NECBL All-Star Game

http://asg15.necbl.com/

The 22nd annual NECBL All-Star game will be held on Sunday, July 19th, at Historic Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine.

Hosted by the Sanford Mainers, the NECBL All-Star game showcases the NECBL’s top student-athletes in a fun-filled afternoon and evening of baseball splendor. The 2015 NECBL All-Star Game is heading to the great state of Maine this summer!

The NECBL’s Midsummer Classic will be hosted by our very own Sanford Mainers on Sunday, July 19th. Join the NECBL’s elite student-athletes as they take to the diamond in front of scouts from every MLB organization, as the Sanford community celebrates the 100th anniversary of historic Goodall Park, one of New England’s iconic baseball backdrops.

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. More information about the Mainers can be found at sanfordmainers.com. We’ll see you on Sunday, July 19th, at Goodall Park for the 2015 NECBL All-Star Game!

Calendar Raffle Tickets are available at every home game!

Ask at the merchandise table or ask any staff member!

Round up your friends and (birthday) party at the park!

Call Mike Malone 203.788.3408 for more details

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All Westerners Home Game Tickets can be purchased at the park:

$5.00 for Adults (13 & over)
 $3.00 for Seniors

 Children (12 and under) and
Current and former miliary
personnel are Free.

Cash only, please.

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