A Bit of Aruba in Hancock as Baseball Team Visits

HANCOCK — A cool breeze and plenty of shade were a welcome respite Monday at a barbecue hosted by Albert and Barbara Harmon for baseball players from Aruba, but the heat wasn’t any problem for the team.


“It’s cold at night,” said Cedrik Sint-Jago, 16, a right fielder for the team from San Nicolas as several team members played Nerf football and a pickup soccer game in the mid-afternoon heat.

“This is normal for us,” said Gregory Manuel, manager of the team, which is in Bangor to compete in the Senior League World Series.

Bangor is hosting the 10-day Little League Senior League Baseball World Series. Senior League Baseball is a division of Little League Baseball for players ages 14 through 16. The series features regional champions from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

The Harmons, who live on the Point Road, own a timeshare in Aruba and spend three weeks there in October, and two weeks in April.

“As soon as we heard the team was coming over we knew we were going to do this,” said Albert Harmon.

Mutual friends put him in contact with Ruth Melfor, the team’s official scorekeeper and the wife of the team manager.

Harmon said he and his wife have become very fond of the people and culture during the 11 years they have traveled to the island in the southern Caribbean.

Barbara Harmon said the couple intended when purchasing their timeshare to use it as a springboard for traveling to other areas, but they are so fond of Aruba they keep going back.

In addition to the 16 boys on the team, the Harmons served up hot dogs, hamburgers, lobster rolls, dessert and tubs of cold drinks to the team’s two coaches — Norman Silvania and Milton Croes — and the manager, official scorekeeper and several family members and friends of the team who traveled here to support them.

The team beat Wisconsin 8-4 in its first game. On Tuesday, it lost to Texas East 7-4.

In addition to the barbecue, the Harmons had their swimming pool ready and waiting for the team, but their coach said swimming might unduly tire them out for the following day’s game.

“We have come the first mile,” said Manuel, the team manager. “This is the second mile.”


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