FARMINGTON — There are two types of teams competing in the summer league that leads up to July's city tournament and August's Connie Mack World Series — those hopeful of becoming the series host team, and those looking to develop players for the future. The Bloomfield Bombers fall into the latter category.
"Our whole approach to this is developmental for our high school program," said Bloomfield coach Frank DeHoyos. "We go out and play and compete and do all those things. We go out and play our 20 games and try to get better for high school and go from there because those are the guys we are going to play with in the spring."
Currently the Bombers roster is made up of Bloomfield kids with one addition coming in the near future.
DeHoyos said the newcomer is a Durango, Colo., product that has played with most of the Bloomfield kids before.
DeHoyos said the Durango player isn't necessarily an imported player brought in to make a huge impact in the Bombers lineup but solid enough to help the team develop and earn a few wins along the way.
Friday night the Bombers got their first taste of summer league play, falling to Bayfield 11-4 at Ricketts Park. After the game DeHoyos said his squad had a few mental lapses that led to the game getting away in the later innings.
"But that's expected early," DeHoyos said. "It wasn't bad for the first game out of the year but we have more and we'll get better."
Part of the developmental process for Bloomfield is getting the young team into the weight room more often.
The team will begin strength training Monday morning and DeHoyos said that adding strength will help the kids' conditioning and lead to better hitting.
"Every day you go out and try to find a way to get better at baseball and that's what we are going to try to do," DeHoyos said.
While Bloomfield's main focus during the summer is to improve for the 2015 high school season it doesn't mean DeHoyos and the Bombers aren't looking to challenge some of the league's power teams.
"Obviously we need to win some baseball games and see some good pitching," DeHoyos said. "Progression wise and program wise I'm excited. This gave us a starting point and I want to see us progress. I want to see how far we get this summer and this gave us a start. We'll see where we're at in July."