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POST-REGISTER VALLEY PORTS B3 August 11, 2Oll Kehl experiences Cooperstown Golf News BY KvRa~s J. WOOD sports@ qvpr.com To say Cody Kehl is competi- tive is an understatement. The 12-year-old Quincy native plays just two sports, baseball and hockey. Together they consume his entire year. They also keep him on his toes, as both teams he plays for are as competitive as he is. This past year he played a little baseball in Quincy, but also found a home in the Brooklyn Baseball Club out of Yakima. Coach Rich Lindross of the Brooklyn Club needed to see just one at bat and one play in the field, before asking him to come try out for his squad. "I didn ' t know who they were and he saw me hit the first pitch of the game down the first base line for a base hit," Kehl said. Lindross also saw his fiery attitude in the field and talked to parents Russell and Lisa Kehl. The Kehls were looking for a competitive place for their son to play and the Brooklyn Club fit the bill. They talked with their son and they agreed to head to Yakima for the tryouts. "It sounded like a good op- portunity, but it was ultimately his decision." Russell Kehl said. "We've been looking for a travel team." Young Kehl made the squad and then he had to prove himself to the players. But a huge smile and a good glove go a long way with your peers. "In the beginning it was kind of hard. I was like the new kid," Kehl said. "But then everyone started accepting me into the family. It took about a week and I was friends with them." The team has played for months now, with well over 50 games played, but a couple of weeks ago they travelled to CooPerstown, N.Y. for a U12 tournament. The park features 27 fields with 8-foot-high walls to keep each game separated from the next. The idea is too keep fans interested in their team. If not, the tournament, fans and players would get swal- lowed up, as 104 teams were in Cooperstown. "You just can't ask for abetter facility," Russell Kehl said. The Brooklyn players were in eight games and Kehl played in all games. He was a second baseman in six and a catcher for the other two. He went 7-of-18 at the plate for a .389 average and was 10-of-21 for a .476 on-base percentage. He drew three walks and struck out just. once. Both father and Son agreed the talent at the tournament was mixed. There were about a dozen premier squads. About 60 teams showed up to compete and about 30 were in Cooperstown for the experience alone. The Brooklyn players were part of the competitive group. "About 30 teams come to mess around, but the rest wanted to win it," Kehl said. "We took a vote to see if we wanted to be one of those 30 teams or try to win. Of course, everyone wanted to win the tournament." Unofficially they took 21 st. They didn't win it all, but wound up with a 5-3 record for the week. Brooklyn Baseball defeated Long Beach Nationals (NY) 17-0 and Orange Juice (Ca- lif.) 6-2 to open the tournament. Their first loss came against Huntington Heat (Ind.) 11-4, submitted photo Cody Kehl had the opportunity to meet Hall of Fame relief pitcher Rollie Fingers. but they bounced back to defeat Andy's 9ers (Ohio) 26-1. The Diamond Kings (Ill) defeated Brooklyn Baseball 13-1, but that was followed by wins over Marietta Bulls (Ga.) 7-4 and Pre- mier Baseball Academy (Ohio) 9-2. The final game was a loss to the Dallas Patriots 12-0. Tournament notes: While parents took up residence in rented houses or hotels in the area, the players were housed in barracks. The military style housing was built for the facility. "It was cool. There were 57 barracks with footlockers," Kehl said. Each team brought pins to be traded with other players. e The Brooklyn club brought 85 to be traded. "So we traded, Some of them light up and some of them turn,', Kehl said. He collected 74 pins. To keep the tournament simple, teams were given two sets of uniforms. Each team was given a home (red) and an away (blue) jersey. The players also had an opportunity to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. During their visit, Kehl had a baseball signed by Pete Rose and Rawley Fingers. "(All the players) got in- ducted into the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame." he said. Benefit softball tourney Sonya (Gonzales) Krueger is in the midst of battling ovarian cancer and her family is putting on a benefit softball tourna- ment to help defray expenses. The co-ed softball tournament dubbed "Beat Cancer with a Bat" is set for Sept 10-1 I. The cost is $300 per team and there will be prizes for the top two teams. There will be a home-run derby for both men and women, a silent auction, T-shirts for sale and a head-shaving donation booth. To sign up, contact Pat Sagdal at 509-95 I-6166. Jr. Jack football camp The Junior Jacks Grid Kids football sign-ups will be this Friday and Saturday in front of Akins. The Aug. 12 time is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and the Aug. 13 time is from 9-11 a.m. The sign-ups are open to players in grades third through sixth. The fee is $85: There will also be a preseason camp Monday-Wednesday- Friday for two weeks startingAug. 15 and ending Aug. 26 from 6-8 p.m. behind the high school. For more information contact Juan Villal~ando (750-0052) or Benji Medina (750-5232). Green & Gold Golf Tourney The Green and Gold Golf Tom'nament, which is "promot- ing fitness one swing at a time" will hit the links Sept. 17 at 9 a.In. The tournament will benefit the Green and Gold Club. There will be a raffle for a Callaway driver, prizes for closest to the pin, long drive and straightest drive, as well as a chance to win a Harley Davidson motorcycle. There are four levels of team sponsorships: White $250, Green $500, Gold $750 and Jackrabbit $1,000. For more in- formation contact Matt Tait at 509-787-6206 or mattewtait@ gmail.com or David Stoddard at 509-868-1579. To register online: www.qtownrec.us. Buy a 4x6 print For Prlnta available at the quiaey Valley Post-~r * 840 F 8T 8W * (809) 787-41111 More sizes available at wgw~qlej.eom qllqlllll IIIlllqlllllllllll IIIIII I Grant PUD Meetings Public Rate Hearings Grant PUD staffwill present proposed rate increases for various rate dasses. Please join these discussions by attending one of the meetings listed below. PUD Commissioners will receive public comment .... Grant PUD .... 30c s sw, G IXJD ...................... 312 W Th~ Ave, Grant County PUBLIC UTlUTY DISTRICT Excellence in Service end Leadership I www.gcpud.org