Team Deb gave it a good run last season in Buffalo AAA MUNY baseball. With an improved product on the field this season, the team has its sights set on bigger and better things this season.
So far, so good for the Williamsville-based team.
“I love my team,” said player/coach Max Zimmerman said.”We were close at the end last year and I think we’re one of the few teams that actually improved this year. So the stars are aligning for us this year.”
Team Deb opened the year at 5-0 before losing to an always strong Orchard Park team. Deb bounced back with a solid 9-3 win over Orville’s on Wednesday at Stan Rojek Field in North Tonawanda. It was also time for redemption for Team Deb, which saw its run end last year against that same Orville’s squad.
“It was nice back in the win column,” Zimmerman said. “We just want to keep rolling along and keep stacking W’s in this league, that’s the most important thing.
Offensively, Team Deb is led by infielder Travis Demnam (Sweet Home High School, West Liberty College, Canisius College) and Justin Urschel (Clarence High School, Mercyhurst College).
One through nine, man, we can hit it,” Zimmerman said. “We have a great lineup.”
With a loaded roster, Team Deb is thinking big in 2018. Like everyone else, the squad has its sights set on the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series this August in Battle Creek, Mich. But first things first and it’ll be tough to get past any of the solid local entries.
“We’d like to get to Battle Creek, obviously,” Zimmerman said. “Every team in this league, of course the goal is to get to Battle Creek. But it’s tough, I know JAMCO is tough, Op is tough and you know Orville’s is going to be tough when it’s time for the playoffs. We’re playing well now but we’re going to have to show up for the playoffs.”
Team Deb currently sits atop the standings in Buffalo AAA MUNY baseball, with JAMCO, Orchard Park and Battistoni Diesel right in the mix as well. Overall, the eight-team league provides entering baseball on a nightly-basis – and a chance for some former stars to still play the game they love at a high level.
“It’s a great league,” said Zimmerman, who is also the head varsity baseball coach at Williamsville North High School. “I love it. I’m 28, I feel I can play for another five years, at least. I live for this stuff in the summer. It’s good baseball, man, people don’t know, It’s legit college (level) baseball. It’s D-1, D-III players all over the place. It’s fun.”