UPDATE: Local Baseball Team Travels to Cooperstown, NY

6/16/2011

The 12U Hughesville Orioles Select Baseball team will travel to Cooperstown, N.Y. June 24 through July 1 to play in the largest youth baseball invitational tournament in the nation. Currently ranked #3 in the State of Maryland, the 12U Orioles will arrive in the town of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, home to the greatest stars of the game, where 100 teams from across the country will participate in the 5-day tournament.

The Cooperstown Dreams Park is the premier baseball competition in the country for 12 year-old players attended by over 1,000 teams every summer since the park opened in 1996. The 22 baseball fields are cut from the same pastures that gave life to the magical myth of Abner Doubleday, the legendary founder of the game of baseball. Teams travel far and wide to play on these sacred fields.

The once in a lifetime experience includes a stunning opening day ceremony complete with a home run derby, and speed and agility competitions like Road Runner, Golden Arm and Around the Horn. Many of the games are streamed via webcast and players also enjoy trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame and can watch baseball games at the legendary Doubleday Field, where the first baseball game was played one afternoon in 1839.

The 12U Orioles team is comprised of coaches and players from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.  The core team has been together since 2008 and has been fundraising for two years to pay for the trip.

Following the 5-day tournament, each player and coach from the Hughesville Orioles team will be granted membership into a very distinguished baseball club as they are awarded the coveted American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame ring, and will be inducted into the prestigious American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame where they will be enshrined. This ceremony is said to be the highlight of the trip leaving every player with a great sense of pride, dignity and accomplishment.

In the town of Cooperstown, where baseball began, the 12U Hughesville Orioles will make their place in history and walk the same streets as their baseball heroes who walked before them. There is no other invitational tournament quite like Cooperstown Dreams Park, with its majestic baseball atmosphere where baseball present meets the traditional values of baseball past.

To learn more about the team, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hughesvilleorioles.

 

UPDATE:

Hughesville Orioles are going strong in Cooperstown, NY with a 4-0 record and ranking 14 out of 104 teams.

Highlights:

Sunday morning June 26 Hughesville played Walnut Creek Bulldogs from California with a winning score of 10-5 and Homeruns by Dillon Waters, Jimmie Gentry and Jarred Faunce.

Sunday afternoon June 26 Hughesville played Pickerington Predators from Ohio with a 4th inning run rule blowout of 21-0 and a Grandslam by Trey Linassi and Homerun by Kyle Kingsbury.

Monday morning June 27 Hughesville played Burnsville Lightning from Minnesota with a winning score of 18-6 and Homeruns by Dillon Waters, Jimmie Gentry, Brett Lagana and Bobby Duker.

Monday Evening June 27 Hughesville played Grayslake Coyotes from Illinois with a winning score of 11-8 and a Grandslam by Jimmie Gentry and Homeruns by Trey Linassi and Brett Lagana

Hughesville will go on to compete in two games today June 28 with the first game being at 11:00 am against Coal Mountain Raiders from Georgia and then a LIVE 4:30 game against Mooresville Legend from North Carolina.

If you wish to watch the LIVE game just click on the link below and follow the directions.  http://www.cooperstowndreamspark.com/2011WeeklyResults/CDP2011WK4/CDP2011WK4.htm (LIVE WEBCAM AND GAMECAM)