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Two Northgate players head east To play at Cooperstown Dream Park

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Continuing on to Cooperstown

Vince Cabeceiras (left) and Guise Hulsebosch are heading to New York to compete in the Tournament of Champions at Cooperstown Dreams Park in August.


POSTED July 27, 2011 12:22 a.m.

A pair of Northgate Little League standouts will continue their baseball seasons when Vince Cabeceiras and Guise Hulsebosch make the long trek east to Cooperstown, New York to participate in the National Cooperstown Tournament of Champions 12-and-under travel-ball tournament the first week of August.

The two players will team up and compete with the Club All-Star 12-under blue team out of Stockton, under head coach J.D. Hardcastle. Both players tried out for the squad in August of 2009, securing their spots heading into their 11-year-old season. Over 100 teams will vie for the coveted “National Title”.

Northgate has been home for both players since their initial T-ball seasons. Now the players will get a shot to test their skills against some of the best young players throughout the entire nation.

“I have confidence that we can do pretty good,” Hulsebosch said. “I know that there are a lot of guys out there that are actually really good, but I’m just going to try and hang in there with those guys and just try and do my best.”

The Manteca area has a long list of participants that have played in arguably the most recognized Tournament of Champions event in the nation. East Union High standout Jordan Kron competed in the tournament in years past, producing a foundation he has obviously built upon.

Like all Little Leaguers, both Cabeceiras and Hulsebosch have been on the diamond since early February, giving the kids more than five months of steady baseball action. With the amount of practice, games and travel associated with the regular season and postseason, getting up for the six-day tournament would seem like a challenge.

That’s simply not the case for these two.

“I am just excited to still be playing,” Cabeceiras said. “It is always a lot of fun, just being out there and playing with my friends hanging out and having a good time.

“That’s what it’s all about.”

Cabeceiras (first base, right field, pitcher) is on the tail end of a postseason that has included a District 67 Tournament of Champions berth with his first place Mets teammates and also a nod on the Northgate All-Star team. Hulsebosch also was honored with a spot on the league’s all-star team with his play at shortstop, pitcher and catcher. Now they will team up with their Club All-Star family in hopes of landing a spot in the championship contest.

“We all know each other pretty well and we’ve been able to practice with one another,” Cabeceiras said of the Club All-Star squad. “We’ve been with each other since the start and we’ve gotten a lot better. We are ranked in the top-10 in Northern California, so I really feel we have a chance to do well.”

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