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Broc Vancil puts activities like lawn work on the back burner so he can spend his time each summer weekend playing baseball as part of the National Adult Baseball Association.
The Arvada resident said he loved baseball growing up but figured his playing days were over.
“I played baseball growing up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in high school in that area,” he said. “I found out about adult baseball when I moved to the Denver area a few years ago and immediately signed up.”
The Arvada man is 27 and is often asked why he continues to play baseball.
“I loved baseball as a kid and I love it as an adult,” he said. “There is so much to enjoy by playing baseball. You form a brotherhood with you teammates and it is a great feeling to make a good play in the field and it is a rush to drive the ball into the gap in the outfield.”
He said it is great to be with the same guys on a team but it is great just to get out and play baseball no matter who is in the field with you.
That was the case when Vancil, who regularly plays for the Marlins on the 18 and older AA wooden bat league, joined players from several area teams to form the team they called the Denver Warsenlins so they could play in the July 1-3 Mile High Classic Tournament.
“We all like to play baseball and compete against other teams as often as possible,” he said. “So we got enough guys together so we could play in this tournament.”
The Warsenlins faced a Nebraska team from the Omaha area in the July 1 game. The Denver team was made up of players from around the metro area. For example Alec Bibby of Littleton was the starting pitcher, Vancil started at second base then came in as a relief pitcher and Davery Ibudo of Westminster played center field.
The Warsenlins scored a run in the home half of the first inning but Omaha scored eight runs in the top of the second and went on to win the game, 12-2. Vancil took over and held the Omaha team to two runs through the remainder of the game.
The Arvada resident said everyone wants to win but he felt that all the players on both teams competed hard and enjoyed the opportunity to get out and play baseball against another team. The Warsenlins scored some runs in the other three games they played but not enough to win a game.
The Denver program is part of the National Adult Baseball Association, an organization with headquarters in Littleton.
“We have 80 teams playing in the Denver metro area,” Joe Collins, NABA vice president, said. “We have four age group leagues, 18 and older, 25 and older, 35 and older and 48 and older. Some of the age groups also have leagues based on player abilities. Right now we have more than 1,200 men playing baseball in our Denver area adult leagues.”
Collins has been with the association for 17 years and said it continues to grow in the Denver metro area and around the country.
“Right now we have between 25,000 and 30,000 men playing baseball with the association,” he said. “It is great to see the program grow. We had about 35 teams when I joined the association and we have more than double that number this season.”
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