Well played - local team succeeds in Cooperstown
A team of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players, primarily from Archdale and Trinity, found their field of dreams last week in the city synonymous with the heritage of America’s pastime.
The Carolina Thunder Stixx competed for the first time in the Cooperstown Dreamspark tournament held on fields in Cooperstown, N.Y., the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The team made up of 11 players and three coaches won its first six games and finished in the top 20 among 104 squads in the intensely competitive tournament.
Many of the teams in the tournament draw from parts of the country with much larger bases of population and have squads that have been together much longer than the Thunder Stixx, which accentuates the local team’s accomplishment, said assistant coach Bryan Marshall.
The Thunder Stixx team was launched four years ago. The squad mainly is made up of players from communities in and around Archdale and Trinity, though a couple of the boys are from the Greensboro area, Marshall said.
“We’ve been planning this for about two years. They only take 104 teams,” Marshall said about the Thunder Stixx qualifying for the Cooperstown tournament.
The players and coaches with the team, which played its first game June 23 in Cooperstown, also got to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame while there.
“These kids put in a lot of time and effort. We practice at least a couple of times a week,” Marshall said. “It was a great experience for these kids to be involved up there.”
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