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Rockers/Blaze enjoy Cooperstown experience
10-and-under squad finishes in top 36 at New York tourney
The CCC Rockers/Ceres Blaze 12-and-under travel baseball team competed in the June 27-July 3 Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

The CCC Rockers/Ceres Blaze competed at the June 27-July 3 Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament in New York.

Players, coaches and family members also visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and nearby Doubleday Field.

Head coach Jim Pernetti's 12-and-under squad enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Pernetti carried 12 players on his roster: Joshua Pernetti, Dominic Magdaleno, Justin Prestridge, Gabriel Flores, Jacob Maxwell, Hayden Feldman, Cody Haskill, Nathan Mailloux, Clayton Bowerman, Ramon Grande, Isaiah Alcorn and Cameron Walker.

"We made the most out of it considering the poor weather conditions," coach Pernetti said. "It didn't rain. It poured. It was a monsoon."

The Rockers/Blaze finished among the top 36 teams at the 104-team tournament.

"We were guaranteed seven games," Jim Pernetti said. "We only got five because of the weather. There wasn't one day over 70 degrees. It rained every day. Regardless of what happened, I'm proud of the kids."

The Rockers/Blaze compiled a 2-3 overall record.

Their schedule consisted of two playoff bracket and three preliminary games.

The Rockers/Blaze defeated the Double Oak Eagles of Alabama 6-3 during the opening-round of the single-elimination playoff bracket.

The Rockers/Blaze were eliminated from the tournament following a 6-3 loss to the Nevada Gunslingers.

"The kids battled and had fun," Pernetti said.

Pernetti and his team visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and nearby Doubleday Field.

"I always thought New York was dirty," coach Pernetti said. "That part of New York was beautiful. The whole experience was awesome. Everyone was excited when we went to Cooperstown. We got to see Giants stuff, including pennants and memorabilia, from the World Series. The kids all had fun."