Connie Mack World Series teams arrive

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON — Connie Mack World Series players got their first look at the Ricketts Park baseball diamond today before arriving at the Farmington Civic Center.

Kellen Sarver, a catcher with Top Tier from Chicago, gets escorted into the Farmington Civic Center by Mack, the mascot for the Connie Mack World Series, after the arrival of the team on Thursday.

The 12 teams that will play in the Connie Mack World Series arrived at the Farmington Civic Center starting at approximately 2:20 p.m. today and continuing well into the evening. Inside the Farmington Civic Center, a white board displayed teams' names and their expected arrival times.

When a crowd of greeters heard sirens approaching, they rushed to the sidewalk in front of the Farmington Civic Center. The Connie Mack World Series mascot carried a baseball-shaped Strike Zone sign as he welcomed the host team when its bus arrived.

"It's the first impression for these guys," said Kim Carpenter, the outgoing chairman of the tournament, about the teams' ceremonial arrival in Farmington.

Carpenter said the tournament is about more than playing baseball. It's about the experience for the players being in Farmington and living with host families.

Brock Mathis, left, and Zach Kohn of the 18U Midland Redskins of Cincinnati meet Lauren Anderson, 10, Casey Anderson, 12, and Tom Anderson on Thursday at the Farmington Civic Center. The Andersons will host the two players during the Connie Mack World Series.

"It's an experience they won't forget," he said.

East Cobb Yankees outfielder Kyle Jacobsen, 18, returned this year for the second time.

"The whole town really appreciates us," he said. "It feels like the whole town just stops for us."

Chuck Warden, a coach for the Midland Redskins, said the team enjoyed seeing Ricketts Park prior to checking in at the Farmington Civic Center.

"It's exciting for them just to finally get to see what we've been working for each summer," he said.

Volunteers Jan Simmons, right, and Dawn Howell, second from right, help register the Dallas Tigers for the Connie Mack World Series on Thursday at the Farmington Civic Center.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.