West Hartford Youth Baseball League Holds Annual All Star Weekend – We-Ha

The West Hartford Youth Baseball League’s annual All Star Weekend included skills competitions and the announcement of Jack Flattery Award recipients.

2022 WHYBL Jack Flattery Award recipients. Left to right: Ryan Cooney, Lou Sauer, WHYBL President Cy Hess, Kyle Rueckert. Courtesy picture


the West Hartford Youth Baseball League (WHYBL) announced its Jack Flattery Award winners at the annual WHYBL All Star Weekend (May 13-15) sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The Jack Flattery Award was established in 1991 to honor Jack Flattery, who was manager of the WHYBL Majors division for 22 years and was particularly active in fundraising activities for the league. The award is usually presented each spring to two 12-year-old players who have consistently demonstrated good citizenship, sportsmanship and leadership with their peers, in addition to their baseball ability.

This year, however, in testament to the high level of character exhibited by all players in the WHYBL Majors division, the award went to three individuals: Ryan Cooney, a sixth-grade student at Sedgwick Middle School; Kyle Rueckert, a seventh grader at King Philip Middle School; and Lou Sauer, a seventh grader at Bristow Middle School. These players have been recognized by current Majors Division officials for being positive role models both on and off the pitch. These players received their awards from WHYBL Chairman Cy Hess ahead of the All Star Game held Saturday night at Wolcott Park.

Additionally, WHYBL hosted its annual 12-Year-Old Skills Competition on Friday night at Wolcott Park where players had the opportunity to show off their skills in the Road Runner, Golden Arm and Home Run Derby events while being cheered on by a enthusiastic. crowd of family, friends, fans and WHYBL alumni. Winners of the skills competitions included:

  • Road racer: 1st place – Breydon Evans (Venora Electric); 2nd place – Demarcus Johnson (Connors Insurance)
  • Bras d’Or: 1st place – Ethan Shifrin (Knights of Columbus); 2nd place – Chris Faga (Keating Insurance)
  • Home Run Derby: 1st Place – Ashton Binalla (Venora Electric); 2nd place – Teddy Seifel (Electric Venora)

In addition to the Major Division All-Star Game, the Minor Division showcased the next generation of WHYBL talent at the Minor Division All-Star Game, held Sunday afternoon at Wolcott Park.

Throughout All Star weekend, WHYBL promoted the league’s new capital campaign ‘Keep the Lights On’ at Wolcott Park. Wolcott Park Baseball Field has given generations of West Hartford children the opportunity to play baseball at night under the lights. In fact, it’s the ONLY lighted baseball diamond in West Hartford. At this point, however, the lights are long past their expected lifespan.

The city has made remarkable upgrades to Wolcott Park over the past few years and is planning some very exciting upgrades to the baseball field surface, dugouts and rest areas planned for later this summer. To complete the upgrade, WHYBL is raising funds to replace the existing lights with a state-of-the-art lighting system that will provide first-class illumination to the field with less light spillage, greater energy efficiency and a smaller footprint.

This initiative will be 100% funded by WHYBL and community donations. Please help WHYBL “keep the lights on” at Wolcott Park by donate today via this link. Alternatively, checks (payable to West Hartford Youth Baseball with “Wolcott Lights Campaign” included in the notes/memo section) can be mailed to: West Hartford Youth Baseball, PO Box 270186, West Hartford, CT 06107.

WHYBL is proud to be West Hartford’s oldest and most experienced youth baseball league, providing memorable experiences for young baseball players and families for over 70 years. The league prioritizes increasing and sustaining the love for the game of baseball by emphasizing the development of baseball and athletic skills in an environment that embodies and celebrates sportsmanship, hard work team and fun.

For more information on the West Hartford Youth Baseball League, visit their website www.whybaseball.com.

Attendees of the West Hartford Youth Baseball League All Star Game perform for the national anthem. On the left is “Team Jeter” and on the right is “Team Masucci”. Courtesy picture

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