Todd Stawiecki pitches for the Arizona Scoripions earlier this season.

Courtsey Jeremey Stawiecki

The Arizona Scorpions youth baseball team from Chandler was selected to play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park and American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., at the end of the month.

In addition to competing against teams from around the country, beginning May 31, members of the Arizona Scorpions will be enshrined in the prestigious American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Scorpions roster includes 12 players from the East Valley: 10 from Chandler and two from Tempe. All players have participated in Little League and club tournaments, and the team was selected in October to participate in the Cooperstown tournament. Since then, the Scorpions have been raising funds to get to New York.

“It’s not every day you get to play ball in Cooperstown for the chance at a national title,” said Jeremey Stawiecki, Scorpions manager. “I couldn’t be more proud of these 12 exceptional ballplayers who play their best game each and every day.”

Teams will spend seven days and six nights in the Baseball Village clubhouses. Each team is guaranteed at least seven games (weather permitting) and will earn a seed to play in the single-elimination championship tournament.

All teams will be represented in the “King of Swat,” “Road Runner,” “Golden Arm” and “Around the Horn Plus” skill competitions.

Cooperstown Dreams Park and the Dreams Park “Road to Cooperstown” program are all independent travel/select and sanctioned teams unrestricted to play baseball as it was meant to be played. The tournaments and the “Tournament of Champions” are open to athletes ages 12 and under with teams participating for a weekly national title.

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