By Special Release from Larry Barber
(Richmond, VA) – The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) will visit the United States Capitol this week as it prepares again to represent the country in the Bahamas. The all-star team, coaches and parents will make the capitol trip on Friday, May 26. The tour was set up by Congresswoman Jennifer McClellan of Virginia, and other liaisons include Congressmen Robert Scott of Virginia, Donald Davis of North Carolina and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. The baseball team will practice on Saturday and scrimmage two games on Sunday, May 28.
The MJBL will be representing the United States of America in the Babe Ruth Caribbean International Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. The dates are July 20-24 in the Baillou Hills Softball Complex at Bahamas National Stadium.
Coach Jimmy Williams, who was a part of last year’s team, stated that the Bahamas is a great place for a great time and the atmosphere exuberates the experience for the players. “We like to over-prepare and go with the flow,” said Williams. “You have to get to know your players in order to get the most out of them. A coach has to see what they are best at. It makes for a bigger and better tournament and our players are excited about the Babe Ruth.”
Joining the MJBL in Nassau will be prodigy Lorenzo Flores. Also known as “Late Night Lorenzo,” Flores will be representing the MJBL along with Myles Dickerson, a star from last year. The two and 12 other players will attempt to take home the championship for the MJBL and the USA this July.
The Babe Ruth Caribbean Championship begins July 20 in Nassau. It is sure to be a festive event for the fans of America’s favorite pastime.
The MJBL is a non-profit organization founded in Richmond, VA in 1966 by Dr. M.T. Forrester, the late father of current MJBL Executive Director William “Bill” Forrester, Jr. The network has attracted teams nationwide. The league, in constant pursuit of funds, is seeking donations via its P.O. Box 9842, Richmond, VA, 23228 or on-line.