Uphill Climb

  • 2013.05.17 -  It's an uphill battle for the Weaver High baseball team which has lost 70 consecutive games, the longest current streak in Connecticut high school baseball. The team played, and lost, to East Catholic Friday afternoon in Manchester. Its last victory was in 2010. Since the start of the 2007 season Weaver's record is 2-128.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT -Stalys Delos Santos leads his teammates in series of stretches before taking the field. Despite the losing streak day in and day out the team members, some playing baseball for the first time, show up for practices and games.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Stalys Delos Santos, Erick Diaz and Brander Vega of Weaver watch as East Catholic players take infield practice before their game.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT -  Head coach Jamie Verab gathers his players together comes for a team cheer before they start their game. Verab encourages the kids before every game even though the odds of winning are slim.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - The Beavers struck first as  Daniel Livent scored to take a 1-0 lead but that quickly disappeared in the bottom of the inning.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT -  Juan de la Cruz allowed 9 runs during the first inning in a 12-2 loss. De La Cruz is the lone senior on the team and the only player to have experienced a win.

"I was a freshman against Bloomfield," De La Cruz said. "We scored four runs in the last inning. I'll never forget it."
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Stalys Delso Santos charges a ground ball as Omar Montalvo of East Catholic heads to thirdbase during the first inning but even routine plays turn into...
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Costly errors as this bobble play turned into...
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Three runs as Omar Montalvo, #5, waits at the plate for Jaysen Nunez (C) and Andrew Stutts to score The trio scored on a triple by Tyler Aprea in the first inning to take a 9-1 lead.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Head coach Jamie Verab pats Stalys Delso Santos on the back for his efforts despite an error at SS that allowed three runs to score. against East Catholic Friday afternoon. Verab and the players keep tings in perspective by having a good time and spending much of their time laughing and joking with one another.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT -  Luis Majias came in to pitch the second inning in relief of starter Juan De La Cruz after he gave up nine runs. Head coach Jamie Verab says "We've had 1-2-3 innings, scored some runs and made plays, we just don't do enough of them. My players are here for every game, and they're trying."
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - James Brown of Weaver stabs at a ground ball charging the ball from third base. Many players are picking a glove and bat for the first time so fundamentals of the game, as in getting in the proper position to field a grounder, not only in practices, but also in games, is strongly enforced.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Stalys Delso Santos stretches for a flyball but can't quite catch it. Dropping pop-ups, such as what happened in this game, happens too often.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT -  Frankhery Gonzalez keeps the ball in front of him but can't make the play at first base. Gonzalez struggled with fielding ground balls cleanly during the loss which brought on some words of advice from Verab at the end of the inning.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - "What I can't stand is not hustling and not being there mentally," Verab said. "Diving for balls, backing up, knocking down a ball and staying with it; those are the kind of things which we don't do enough of."
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Jaysen Nunez of East Catholic waits for the ball as Stalys Delso Santos tries to steal second base but was easily picked off when he hesitated en route.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Nick Newsome is one of two cricket players on the team. "Baseball is a little like cricket, which I've played a lot," said Newsome, a native of Jamaica who has been in the U.S. for three years. "Hitting a baseball is much more difficult. The bat is round; in cricket it's a broader bat."
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - (L to R) Brander Vega, Juan de la Cruz and Daniel Livent get a kick out watching Nick Newsome as he swings at a pitch during his at bat. Livent says "The hardest part is understanding that not everyone at Weaver has played baseball since they were little," he said. "Some of them picked up a bat and ball for the first time this year. Sure, you try to make plays and get hits. Sometimes I've got to tell myself, 'At least I, and hopefully other guys, are giving 100 percent and trying.' No one can ever take that away."
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT -  Head coach Jamie Verab gives a fist pump to Luis Majias after reaching third base late in the game. Majias later scored for one of the Beaver's 2 runs in a 12-2 loss as their losing streak stretched to 70 straight games.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT - Erick Diaz (R) high-fives Luis Majias after he scored one of Weaver's 2 runs in a 12-2 loss to East Catholic Friday afternoon.
  • 2013.05.17 - Manchester, CT -  Even though the Beaver's suffered yet another loss in the end Luis Majias (L) and Nick Newsome (R) can still laugh and joke with one another. Head coach Jamie Verab has some optimism for the future. He expects around 12 underclassmen to return next season. Experience hopefully means improvement.
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