Dreams Come True for Cary Baseball Team

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Byline: Liz Clemmons

It's not heaven, it's Cooperstown, where 11 local boys have been playing ball on their own fields of dreams this week.

The Cary Travelers are playing in the Cooperstown Dreams Park and American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournaments in Cooperstown, N.Y.

This is the first time a Cary team has been selected to play in the tournaments. The 11- and 12-year-olds are scheduled to play at least eight games against teams from across the country, including those from Texas, Florida, Georgia and Utah. They are accompanied by coaches Mike Potosky, John Kinney and Joe Lee as well as several fathers.

"This is the premier event for 12-year-olds. Most of these kids won't play high school or college baseball, so this right now is their baseball career," Potosky explained. "These kids love baseball."

Established in 1996, the tournaments are for two age divisions, 12 and under and 10 and under. Every week during the summer, 96 teams from all over the country stay at the 150-acre Dreams Park and compete on its 22 ball fields.

The Cary Travelers will sleep in a cabin on-site and eat meals together in a dining pavilion.

And baseball is not the only activity on the agenda. The team will visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and attend games at Doubleday Field, the site of the first baseball games in the country. …