Anthony Boselli is a Ventnor native and rising junior at Holy Spirit High School. He plays center field for the Atlantic Shore Babe Ruth all-star team that won its regional tournament and begins play on Saturday morning in the Babe Ruth World series. Boselli made up half of the left side of Holy Spirit’s infield this past spring along with older brother Robert, a rising senior. Atlantic Shore features players from Holy Spirit, Mainland, Ocean City, ACIT, St. Augustine Prep and Atlantic City high schools. The team is coached by Joe Iannuzzelli along with assistant coaches Jack Taggart and Bill Rauzzino. Glory Days Magazine publisher Dave O’Sullivan caught up with Anthony via telephone as the Atlantic Shore team arrived in Loudon County, Va., for the world series.
Sully: What’s this whole summer been like for you?
Boselli: It’s been a good experience playing baseball all summer and just hanging out and playing in all these tournaments.
Sully: What’s it been like playing with these guys knowing next spring you’re going to be playing against a lot of them?
Boselli: We’re just trying to have fun now because we know we’re never going to have the chance to play together again. We’re going to be playing against each other for the next couple years in high school, so we’re trying to enjoy this time we have together.
Sully: What’s the biggest difference between Babe Ruth and varsity baseball?
Boselli: Babe Ruth is younger. Varsity has kids that are 18 and have that advantage.
Sully: Do you feel like playing varsity this year has helped you this summer?
Boselli: It’s definitely gotten me prepared, especially for the world series since we’re going to be facing some good pitching, which will probably be like varsity pitching.
Sully: Are you guys surprised you made it this far?
Boselli: To be honest, we kind of expected to make it this far because of the talent we have. When we were 13-year-olds we made it, so we expected to be back there this year. Last year we lost the game before the world series, so we were gonna try our best to get back here again.
Sully: What do you think your chances are of winning the tournament?
Boselli: I think we have a really good chance. We’re coming together as a team and all playing our best baseball.
Sully: What does your brother think of all this?
Boselli: He’s happy, but I think sometimes he wishes he could have done the same thing when he was my age. But he’s very happy for me. He knows we worked hard to get here.
Sully: What kind of things do you guys do when you’re not on the field?
Boselli: We have a lot of fun. We play games, mess around and hang out. There’s a pool here. It’s pretty fun.
Sully: What would it mean to you to win this tournament?
Boselli: It would mean a lot. The coaches have prepared for this and we’ve all spent a lot of time practicing. We’ve put in a lot of hard work for the past couple months and this is our last chance to do something together, so we want to finish it off with a world series win. We think we have a pretty good shot to do that.
Sully: How cool is it being down there? Have you gotten a chance to meet any of the guys from different parts of the country yet?
Boselli: So far it’s been a great experience and I think it’s only going to get better. We’ve met kids from the Twin Cities (Wash.), Iowa, Michigan. There are kids from all over. It’s cool meeting these other kids and seeing what they are like.
Sully: Do they make fun of your Jersey accent?
Boselli: Actually one person said they were surprised we don’t have accents. I think people from North Jersey have more of an accent than us.
Sully: What’s it like meeting kids from Iowa or Minnesota? Are they pretty much the same as you guys?
Boselli: I guess every team has kids that are big, but you never know. Their biggest kid might be their worst player, so you can’t judge by their looks. But there are some kids with full grown beards.
Sully: What are your plans for tonight?
Boselli: We have the opening banquet with all the teams. Then we’re going to eat and then probably go to sleep because we have a game tomorrow at 11 a.m. and there are opening ceremonies before that.
Sully: How important have your coaches been this summer?
Boselli: They’ve been great. They’ve been pushing us hard for all these months. Even when we were in high school they would keep in touch with us. They’re on top of things and push us to be our best.
The team includes A.J. Russo, Joe Hartley and Kyle Pikus of Holy Spirit; Chris Sieg of ACIT; Zach Zellers of Ocean City; Matt Thomas, Nick Droboniku, Jack Loefflad, Nick Trifiletti and Matt Morgan of Mainland Regional; Kyle Gerace and Cody Sadreameli of St. Augustine Prep; and Stephen Myers of Atlantic City. Atlantic Shore opens the tournament against Cranston, R.I., on Saturday then plays Greater Loudon, Va., on Sunday night. They will also play Washington and Florida in pool play.