National call-up for Herts juniors

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A number of Herts Baseball Club starlets have been selected in the preliminary roster of the GB U19 and GB U16 national teams.

Pitcher and catcher Jake Caress and third baseman Kyle Lloyd-Jones, have both progressed through to the next stage of the GB U19 selection process.

Both players took part in tryouts a year ago, but this is the first time that they have reached this stage.

They were both members of the Herts U17 team and the Herts Raptors in 2012.

Eight Herts players took part in the GB U16 tryouts. Carlos Casal Jr, Marty Cullen Jr and Tom Everex-Armstrong – who all play for the Herts U17 team – were part of last year’s GB U16 side and all three of them have made it through to the next stage.

Brodie Caress and Callum Vangundy also managed to successfully negotiate this hurdle, which is an improvement on last year.

Jose Morillo has been kept as a reserve option by the GB coaches, so there is still an outside chance of him battling to win a place in the next stage.

Herts Eagles pitcher and infielder, Will Zucker, joined Herts last year and he has also been successful in going through.

Meanwhile, GB U16 national team catcher Conner Brown has joined the club.

He will meet his new Herts team-mates shortly when the Herts youth teams report for spring training ahead of the 2013 season.