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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hudson baseball team travels to Cooperstown

The Hudson Youth Baseball’s 12U all-star travel team, the Hudson Hit Dawgs, and their families traveled to Cooperstown, N.Y. in July to play in a championship tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park. 

It was the first time a team representing Hudson Youth Baseball participated in this tournament. ...

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The Hudson Youth Baseball’s 12U all-star travel team, the Hudson Hit Dawgs, and their families traveled to Cooperstown, N.Y. in July to play in a championship tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park. 

It was the first time a team representing Hudson Youth Baseball participated in this tournament.

This team was selected last fall and began fundraising efforts immediately. With sponsorship from many local businesses, friends and family members, the team was able to raise enough money to send all 13 players, three coaches and umpire Tyler Cabral to Cooperstown. The Hit Dawgs, led by manager David Dowd and coaches Kevin Boucher and Kevin DeWitt, competed with teams from Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, New York, California and Pennsylvania 

The team returned to Hudson with a 2-5 record. The week began with parade of teams and, following the opening ceremony, players competed in skills competitions: Cole Zimmerman – King of Swat; Damien Barahona – Road Runner; Levi Griffin – Golden Arm. The rest of the team competing in Around The Horn-Plus.

Players made their home in the barracks and during their down time the boys held knee hockey tournaments in the barracks or played wiffle ball with other teams in the village. Throughout the week players, siblings (and some fathers) engaged in pin trading negotiations with the players from the different teams.

Before leaving Cooperstown, families joined the team in visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Highlights of the week included Levi Griffin ‘s RBI double, Adam Dufault’s defensive plays that helped lift Hudson to a win over the Bryn Mawr Bulldogs.

Damien Barahona was proud of two double plays he made, as was Alex Boulay’s two-run homer.

The Hit Dawgs’ most memorable moment for all who were there to witness it live in Dreams Park and for those that watched from home on DreamsParkTV.com or saw the video on HYB’s facebook page, came against the Georgia Crush. With the bases loaded and two outs, Cam King stepped up to the plate and connected for a game-winning grand slam.

The weeks concluded with each player receiving rings and getting inducted in to the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Nashua Babe Ruth

Fall Baseball League

The Nashua Parks & Recreation Department will be running a Fall Babe Ruth Baseball League for current Babe Ruth and Ray Oban players league age 13-14, who will be league age 14-15 years next spring.

Games will be played on the weekends starting after Labor Day, running through mid-October. Cost of this league is $20 for the fall season.

There will be no tryouts for this league. all players will be assigned to teams.

Registration forms are available at the Parks & Recreation office in Greeley Park or downloaded from our gonashua.com

For more information call 589-3370.

New Hampshire

Grizzlies tryouts

Tryouts for the New Hampshire Grizzlies baseball program are scheduled for Aug. 16-17 at Campbell High School in Litchfield.

Each day the tryout schedule will begin with ages 11-12 from 9-11 a.m., followed by ages 13-14 from noon-2 p.m., and ages 15-16 from 3-5 p.m.

Registrations will be taken 30 minutes before the tryout begins.

Players should bring their own equipment necessary to play their positions.

A parent/guardian must attend.

The tryout fee is $35.

For more information, contact teamnhbaseball@comcast.net or 577-1772.

Nashua Youth

Soccer League

Registrations are still being taken for the Nashua Youth Soccer League’s fall programs. The league is open to players in Nashua and its surrounding towns.

Eligible players are those born between Oct. 1, 1995 and Sept. 30, 2009.

Registrations received by Aug. 30 will be guaranteed placement on a team. Registrations received after this date may be put on a waiting list.

The season is scheduled to start Sept. 6.

Online registration is available by visiting NashuaYouthSoccer.org.

The program is also seeking coaches and volunteers.