As you pull into Trumbull’s Unity Park in August the parking lots are empty but for a few people on the tennis court and a dad pitching to his son on the Little League field getting him ready for fall ball.
Otherwise, nothing much is happening.
But when you finally make it to the back Babe Ruth field, you find a team in practice uniforms playing an inter-squad scrimmage.
Strange? Not at all, because as Mike Buswell, the manager of Trumbull's 15-year-old Babe Ruth team, said, "if you're practicing in Unity Park in August and no one else is here, you are either here when you are not supposed to be or you are playing for something special."
Trumbull is playing for something very special.
After winning the New England Regionals last week, the team is headed to the Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown, N.Y., beginning on Aug. 20.
Trumbull plays Doylestown, Pa., in its opener, but the game is 10 days away so Buswell is trying to keep his troops focused and maintain the momentum.
He has been looking for teams against which Trumbull can scrimmage, and it has been a challenge.
"We were trying to find a team to have a scrimmage against," Buswell said. "The only other youth baseball team in the area still playing is Fairfield American, who are in the Little League Regional Championship in Bristol."
The players seemed loose and relaxed as they went through their scrimmage. Not even the sprinklers, which went off in the middle of the game, could dampen their spirits, though it did have Buswell worried about injuries.
Trumbull faces the host Jamestown team on Aug. 22, Sarasota, Fla., on Aug. 23 and Centralia, Wash., on Aug. 24, to conclude pool play. The top three teams in each of the two pools advance to the playoffs.
If you cannot follow the team to the World Series, you can keep track online at: http://www.jamestownworldseries.com.