To reach the All-West American Legion All-Star game at PNC Park, players have the daunting task of advancing through three rounds of tryouts.
Having a brother along for the ride can make things easier.
Washington Legion’s Brian Kimutis and younger brother Patrick and Connellsville’s Christopher and Justin Marsinko had that benefit Friday afternoon.
“It’s been great playing with Pat,” said Brian Kimutis, an Akron recruit and Trinity graduate. “We’ve especially enjoyed this Legion season because we know it’ll probably be the last time (playing together) ever happens.”
Brian Kimutis and Christopher Marsinko had the advantage, as they advanced through the second stage of tryouts at Peterswood Park. They will be in attendance at today’s Region 6 tryouts at 11:30 a.m. at Boyce Park in Plum, trying to reach the All-West game on July 18.
For the Kimutis brothers, being on the same team is somewhat of a new experience, but for the Marsinkos, it’s nothing new. They have played on the same team for most of their lives and used the tryouts as a way to motivate each other.
“It’s not competition to hurt one another,” Christopher Marsinko said. “It’s the kind of competition that pushes both of you to do better.”
Kimutis clinched his spot by belting a two-run home run for the Southern all-stars. Marsinko hit a single that drove in a run for the Fayette all-stars to lock up one of the 19 positions in the next round.
Both players have been through these tryouts in the past, but neither has gotten the opportunity to compete at PNC Park.
“Getting to that field would be a reward in itself,” Brian Kimutis said.
“It will be amazing to play on such a nice field,” Christopher Marsinko said. “To get there would mean that all the hard work we put in will have paid off.”