Each summer, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., invites hundreds of 12 and under youth travel ball teams from around the nation to compete in weekly tournaments at Cooperstown Dreams Park.
Through nine of the 13 scheduled weeks of play, 12 Suncoast clubs have made the trip with two reaching championship games.
On June 20, the Tampa BaySox met the Kings out of Texas, falling 10-6 in Week 3 championship game. Bobby Turkett knocked in three runs, while Matthew Allan and Colton Olasin did what they could to hold down a powerful Kings lineup, combining for six strikeouts through four innings.
The BaySox went 10-1 in the tournament and outscored opponents 153-26 in the first 10 games.
The Clearwater Yankees fell in a 9-8 loss to the Colorado Armour for the Week 9 title Thursday.
Home runs from Yankees Avery Cordner-James, Alex Kurleman and Nolan Hudi were not enough to offset three homers from the Armour lineup. Clearwater (10-1) cruised just as easily as the BaySox through the early part of its schedule, outscoring opponents 190-60 in the first 10 wins.
Other Suncoast clubs to compete in Cooperstown this summer are the Tampa Thunder, Land O'Lakes Outlaws, South Brandon Hornets, New Tampa Predators, Tampa Bay Invaders, West Florida Young Guns (Hudson), Tampa Makos, Crush Baseball Club (Oldsmar), Tampa Titans and Tampa Bay Sharks.