Coming off the annual Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which included Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio, three teams from the Wilmington area made the trip to Cooperstown, New York, this week for the 12-and-under Dreams Tournament.
Featuring 104 youth clubs from across the country, the Cooperstown Dreams Tournament holds weekly tournaments each summer featuring more than 1,350 teams per season at a cost of $895 per team.
Representing Wilmington this year are the boys from Rock Solid, a local organization owned and operated by former big leaguers Fletcher Bates and Trot Nixon.
Rock Solid Red and Rock Solid Blue were off to 6-0 starts at the event, while Rock Solid White went 4-2 as the bracket for single-elimination play began on Wednesday and continues through tonight.
The blue and white teams lost on Wednesday, eliminating them from the tournament, while the red team won and will advance.
The Rock Solid 14-under Red Team also won a national tournament this past weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They won the Triple Crown Summer Nationals over 64 teams from around the country. Rock Solid Red went 8-1 overall, defeating teams from six different states.
They knocked off the Arena Starz National 14 and under team from Abingdon, Maryland, in the championship game by a score of 6-4. Matthew Suggs was named tournament MVP and Brett Kemp was named team MVP.