It was a very special trip—11 boys arrived in Cooperstown, New York, to play in a weeklong baseball tournament of a lifetime! The Scripps Ranch Renegades 12U baseball team, a travel team based in and comprised of boys from Scripps Ranch, has been playing together for the past two years. Earlier this year, this talented team won two travel tournaments—the Triple Crown San Diego Open and the Triple Crown Memorial Day State Championship. But these tournaments were merely warm-ups for the cross-country trip the boys took in August.

As the boys arrived in Cooperstown, they checked into the player dormitories. For the 11 boys and three coaches, this would be their home for the next week. After opening ceremonies and several skill competitions on Saturday, the boys began pool play games on Sunday and proceeded to win their first four games.

Later in the week the boys started competing in elimination play and advanced to the top 12 before ultimately losing to the tournament’s number one seeded team. Highlights of the week included: the team finishing tied for fourth out of 48 teams in home runs for the week, with 20 balls hit out of the park; visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame; and, of course, living in the player dorms with their teammates, coaches, and the other 47 teams.

Although it has been many years since their sons were age eligible to play there, for Coaches Dan Bailey and Butch Reh, this pilgrimage to New York has become somewhat of an annual trek. They head up the Scripps Ranch Renegades Baseball Organization and routinely take the 12U teams to Cooperstown. Over the years Dan and Butch have brought six different teams to participate in this special event.

The boys had the experience of a lifetime. This great group of young men represented Scripps Ranch very well, both on and off the field.

Brad Fields, SR Parent