The 12U HCYP Raiders (Dinoto) traveled to the Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York for a 104-team tournament over the 4th of July week. The team successfully went 5-1 in pool play, defeating teams from Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, and an exciting come-from-behind win against Gorilla Axle (Louisiana). The Raiders were down 10-2, but came back to win 11-10 with the help of two late-inning home runs. The team earned a 19th seed and thus three byes in the championship tournament, but were defeated by one run by a tough team from Texas. The Raiders team had a total of 12 home runs, including two grand slams. The Raiders were a successful 5-2 for the tournament, and displayed superb pitching and defense with a .975 fielding percentage.
Members of the team are Brett Poole, Jeremy Huffman, Jerras Murray, Glenn Stratton, Mark Lettieri, Dominic Dinoto, Nick Dinoto, Austin Foard, Dylan Anagnos, Connor McCullough, Zachary McKenzie and Justin Looney. The team is coached by Chris Dinoto, Rufus Looney, Glenn Stratton, Dennis Huffman and Joe Dinoto.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun