As is the Evanston Baseball and Softball Association annual tradition each June, 26 players from the 12-old Orange Cat squads – the Blue Team and the Orange Team – competed in tournaments in Cooperstown, New York. Home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown is the symbolic, although likely not actual birthplace of baseball.
The Blue Team played at Dreams Park in Cooperstown, and All Star Village, just outside Cooperstown in Oneonta, was the venue for the Orange team. Both teams played a tough two-game per day schedule for three days against teams from across the U.S., Canada, and even as far away as Australia, and then competed in a single elimination playoff series. Many teams, particularly those from warmer climates, play 100 games or more throughout the year, far fewer than the Evanston teams, which still brought home the solid wins.
The teams play, eat and sleep as a group during the six-day stay, boarding in barracks on the complexes. The week includes a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the players and their coaches. The Cooperstown trip is a signature event for Evanston’s travel baseball teams and one that each year makes lifetime memories for its players and coaches.