“We went to Cooperstown, New York to play at the 'Cooperstown Dream Park.' The Hall of Fame is of course there and this was a week of baseball and the kids hanging out together and having a good time. We go to visit the Hall of Fame and play eight games in four days” Okemos Head Coach Greg Deppong said.
The Cheifs never went expecting to bring home a championship trophy, but the memories made certainly overshadowed and plastic dust collector. What makes the event even more fun is that the basic peramiters of the field were changed, to make these young guns feel like big league bombers.
“We had 200 foot fences so the kids had an opportunity to hit the long ball and experience baseball the way the big leaguers do,” assistant Jon Meyer said.
The kids relived their homeruns in Cooperstown.
“The pitcher was pretty slow, and the pitch was coming so, I just swung and it went out,” Jared White exclaimed.
“It was just right over the middle and I hit it right over the center field fence,” Alex Douma added.
“The fences were really short so we got to hit the longball, it was beyond anything that I've played,” Jason Pridgeon said.
Most of the players said they hope to return to Cooperstown one day, but all seemed content with kickin' it right here on the familiar sandlots of mid-Michigan.
“I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to go,” Pridgeon added.