In the best interest of our country, state, local community, local partners, coaches, umpires and most importantly, our employees, players and their families, whose health and safety we are obligated to protect, Cooperstown Dreams Park has determined it is necessary to cancel the 2020 season.
* COVID-19 Update * In the best interest of our country, state, local community, local partners, coaches, umpires and most importantly, our employees, players and their families, whose health and safety we are obligated to protect, Cooperstown Dreams Park has determined it is necessary to cancel the 2020 season. All teams will receive a 100% refund or the option of future participation. Cooperstown Dreams Park employees will remain working at reduced hours and payroll, to the extent permitted by the mandates of Governor Cuomo. In response to calls by many levels of government for help from the private sector, we have notified the New York State Department of Health, Otsego County Emergency Services and Bassett Healthcare that our facilities are available for use, if needed in combating COVID-19 or for caring for those inflicted with the virus. Cooperstown Dreams Park will also establish a local food donation center and food kitchen for those in our community that are in need of basic essentials, as permitted by governmental agencies. Cooperstown Dreams Park was hoping to avoid this outcome, but it is the only responsible course of action. Like the rest of the nation, we have never experienced anything like this. We know our staff will be resilient and steadfast in its preparation for the 2021 season and that once again the joyous sounds of kids playing the game of baseball at Cooperstown Dreams Park will be heard.
Teams from all over the Central Coast, as well as Bakersfield, hit the baseball diamonds at the Pismo Beach Sports Complex for the two-day tournament. All of the proceeds for the Inaugural FORT Baseball Classic went toward future community events. The tournament had a little bit of everything – from walk-off base hits, to great catches – the players did everything they could to honor the life of Ryan Teixeira. The three winning teams were presented trophies and medals with Ryan’s name on them. “Baseball is everything to these kids, so it’s interesting to be on the other side and it’s cool to see them having fun and getting out there to play ball,” FORT founder Tyler Auerbach said. “Youth baseball was one of Ryan’s greatest passions, so it’s been awesome to be able to give back to the youth baseball community.”
By: Chance Dickman After a runner-up finish in the 2019 Central California Cal Ripken State Tournament last weekend in Clovis, CA, the San Luis Obispo 10U All-Stars qualified for the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament. The Regional will be held from July 14-20 in Honolulu, HI. “A lot of our kids have never been on a plane before so we were really excited to get our ticket to Hawaii,” SLO manager Brian Riley said. “We’ve been working really hard, practicing ever since. We’re excited to represent San Luis Obispo in Honolulu.” SLO’s quest through the 16-team State Tournament field was a dramatic one. The 10U All-Stars rallied from a 7-0 deficit to defeat Lodi in the quarterfinals 11-9 and dug out of a 4-0 hole in the semifinals to top Visalia. They completed the victory with a fly out/throw out double play at home plate in the final inning, cutting down the potential go-ahead run. SLO then fell to Hanford in the championship. “It felt amazing like it wasn’t even real because we’ve never been there,” SLO shortstop Jackson Esparza said. “The last two years we haven’t even gotten to state. The first year we did but we got crushed, and the second year we didn’t make it. Now in the third year, we get to go to the semifinals.” “I’m extremely excited because I get to be with all my friends and play baseball, the sport I love,” SLO second baseman Leyton Stevens added. “Yeah, it’s just going to be a fun experience playing in Hawaii.” SLO will see its first action in Honolulu on July 14 with a skills competition and will begin its games on July 15. If you would like to help SLO on its journey to Hawaii,