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Local youth plays at Baseball Hall of Fame

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By John Herndon

Austin Cummins, a sixth-grader at Anderson County Middle School, and his teammates on the Kentucky Rockers baseball team put together an outstanding performance at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y. the week of July 4. The 12-and-under squad placed third in a 98-team tournament held near the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The team went 10-1 on the week, including a 7-0 record in pool play. The Rockers defeated the Guelph Royals of Canada, Saverna Park (Md.) Green Hornets, the Argyle (Texas) Eagles, Michigan Red Sox, the Central New Jersey Blast, Queen City (N.C.) Astros and the Smyrna, Tenn. Shoetiques in pool play.

In tournament action, the Rockers beat the Halfmoon (N.Y.) Mariners, Southern Maryland Storm and the Team Players (N.C.) before losing to the East Cobb (Ga.) Stallions.

As an added treat, the Rockers were inducted into the Youth Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cummins, the son of Bobby and Debbie Cummins, plays centerfield and catcher for the Rockers, based in Versailles. Austin has been playing for the Rockers since 2003 and plays about 60 games a year.

Austin had never been to the birthplace of baseball but after a tour of the Hall of Fame, he says he now has a better understanding of the significance of the Hall of Fame and the history of the game.

"I was excited. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was just a great time and one I will never forget," Austin said through his mother.