Bennington 10U confident ahead of district tournament

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BENNINGTON — The last time Bennington won the 10U Little League state tournament was 2015 and it was held at the Bennington Little League complex.

So, they are hoping that history repeats itself.

The 2019 tournament will be held in Bennington — if they can get past District 2 foe Brattleboro in the districts, which begin Saturday afternoon with a home game for Bennington.

"I definitely feel like we have the team to go a good distance, we have a good chance," said 10U coach Ryan Greenslet. "I couldn't ask for a better group. It would be awesome to host the state tournament again, we talked about it for a long time and it's a great experience for the kids."

Many of the kids on the 10U all-star team play on the Green Mountain Lightning, a travel ball team based in Manchester.

"They have a lot of familiarity," Greenslet said. "They are all level-headed, there's no pressure to be the star. They have great camaraderie and that's huge for any team."

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Greenslet said that most of the boys have played together for the past three years and another big part of his team is its flexibility.

"I have nine pitchers, I have four or five that can catch," Greenslet said. "Most of the kids can play anywhere on the field."

Kids are picked for the all-star team through coaches voting, making it a pretty even split of players from the six AA level teams.

The team's opening game is on July 6, home against Brattleboro. The two teams will play a best-of-five series to see which District 2 team will host the states.

"I have 13 kids on the roster and it's a great group," Greenslet said. "They have fun and that's what it's all about."

Roster: Seth Greenslet, Brody Smith, Carson Andrick, Blake Tienken, Talin Bartholdi, Aiden Santarcangelo, Rowan Behan, Jonathan Crossman, Aidan Lacasse, Hudson Burnell, Noah Wood, Kaleb Ordway, Hunter Mattison. Coaches: Ryan Greenslet, Rick Bartholdi, Jerad Smith.


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