Local youth dreams of big leagues

Herald Intern

Eleven young Hyde Parkers are headed to Puerto Rico for a baseball tournament. “The Lou Collier Baseball Stars,” a team comprising two nine-year-olds, an eight-year-old and eight 10-year-olds, is at the top of one of the American Amateur Baseball Congress’ American regions, and will face off against nine other champion teams from the United States and Puerto Rico for an age-group title.

The trip will bring ten-year-old Emmanuel Scott one step closer to his dream job in the major league. His father, Patrick Scott, said that attending a world series has always been his son’s dream.

“He’s very excited,” Scott said. “He wants to watch baseball; he wants to practice baseball. He really wants to play.”

Collier said that’s the way it is with most of the team members, whom he called “talented.” The team has had to win seven different tournaments to make the cut for Puerto Rico, sometimes traveling as far as Kansas City and playing against as many as 30 other teams.

To help the non-profit Lou Collier Baseball Association cover expenses for the Puerto Rico trip, call Lou Collier at 773-988-0520.