While Turlock Little Leaguers Mike Govea and Damon Treadwell were playing on the Turlock All-Star team last year, a coach from the Fresno area River Park All-Star team recruited the boys to play on a Central Valley travel team.
The Central Valley travel team will participate in a weeklong Cooperstown Dream Parks Tournament in New York this summer.
Known as the “Crown Jewel of Youth Baseball,” the summer long tournament is a national invitational youth baseball tournament for boys 12 years and under.
Cooperstown is internationally known for its National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and is an exciting and historical stop for baseball players.
“Teams from everywhere go and play,” said Treadwell, making the tournament an exciting opportunity for boys to play against players from all over the country.
Both Treadwell and Govea’s teams just finished playing in the Turlock Little League Championship series, are playing on the Turlock American All-Star team, and are preparing for the Cooperstown tournament.
Govea said that the team has been fundraising for their upcoming trip, as well as having practices.
The new teammates were amazed at the level of talent they saw at their new practices.
“The first day I was there during hitting practice, I couldn’t even believe how far these guys were hitting it,” said Treadwell.
“The level’s not even close to this (Turlock Little League),” added Govea. “These guys are like hitting 312 feet and they’re 12-13.”
The two are looking forward to their trip and will also have an opportunity to venture on their own.
“When we get there (Cooperstown) we’re separated from our parents, we stay in dorms,” said Govea. “We also will have time to go site seeing but this is like being on a major team.”
The boys will be playing at the national tournament on July 30 through August 5, 2011.
“It’s a once in a lifetime thing,” said Treadwell.
To help support the Turlock boys in their travels to New York, fundraisers have been held and more are being planned. For more information on how to support the boys, contact Brad Treadwell at 209-216-8551.