Where the bronze busts of legendary baseball players reside in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a team of baseball players from the Newport Beach area are competing in a national tournament.
The Blue Wave won four straight games, giving them strong momentum going into the two-week long tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y.
They are among 96 teams from across the country that were selected to play Aug. 20-26, in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament.
"I'm extremely proud of these boys," said head coach Darric Merrell, a former standout pitcher with Cal State Fullerton 2001-03, who played for five minor league seasons from 2003-2007 in the Colorado Rockies' organization. "They've become little men. They've grown up. There's a distinct brotherhood among them. They're great all-around kids."