Eastern Utah Diamondbacks play as traveling team
There are a number of "traveling teams" in eastern Utah.
Teams that are chosen differently and that play games in other places, usually tournaments in various cities.
In recent weeks, the Eastern Utah Diamondbacks have been participating in a number of tournaments around the state.
But being a player on such a team, this one being for 12-year-olds, takes a lot of commitment, and teamwork from more than just the players.
"It takes parents who are willing to travel to make this happen," said Scott Nelson. "They have to transport the players and be there for them."
A lot of games are played in Salem in Utah County, but the tournaments range around the state.
Last week for instance, the team played in a series of games in Vernal against teams from all over including Grand Junction, Colo.
In Junction, the Diamondbacks won the Silver Division crown in what was called the Uintah Baseball Bash.
The team started in April and finished up this weekend although Nelson said there still might be a game or two this summer for the team to participate in.
The traveling league plays in Utah's Perfect Game League, an organization with teams in divisions that range through many age brackets.
"Each tournament we play in is different," said Nelson who handles the coaching duties along with Tom Bunnell and Jerry Wright. "In some we play every team there and in others there is pool play and then you are seeded into playing certain teams."
The team consists of players, largely from Carbon County, with three players coming from Emery County.
The Diamondbacks have 10 players on the roster.
"We keep the number down so every player can play," said Nelson. "They travel long distances so they should get to play."
The differences in this league from many little league organizations are vast, including the fact the coaches get to pick the kids that are on the team. In many little league operations players are just assigned to teams.
The teams are called "accelerated," because they play against very diverse competition and often against many top players from various geographical areas.
This weekend's play in is in Richfield.