For 11-year-old Oliver Sterud, his recent trip to Cooperstown, N.Y. with the Southwest Minnesota Blaze youth baseball team, was, in one word, "FUN." Competing in a week-long elite tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park, Sterud was one of the younger participants. The tournament saw teams staying in clubhouses, engaging in activities like a pin exchange, and of course, playing baseball.
Sterud shared his enthusiasm about wearing team jerseys, trading pins, and experiencing the competition. Despite facing much larger teams and recording only one win in six games, the spirit of the Blaze remained high. Sterud had a remarkable tournament, finishing 10-of-14 with 13 RBI and five home runs.
His family watched and cheered him on, with his cousin Nathan Alfson, a former baseball great, expressing hope for Sterud's bright future. Throughout the tournament, players rotated positions, giving Sterud a chance to play multiple roles, from pitcher to outfielder.
Parents enjoyed watching their children play up close from 'parent dugouts'. Sterud's experience in Cooperstown not only honed his skills on the field but also fostered camaraderie and personal growth. Reflecting on the trip, Scott Sterud, Oliver's father, appreciated witnessing his son's growth both as an athlete and an individual.
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