BEL AIR, Md.  (WJZ)– A Harford County baseball team wins its way to the Cal Ripken World Series. There’s only one hitch– the high cost to play.

WJZ Eyewitness News met with the 2011 Maryland state champion team — the Hickory Hornets.

And while these 10-year-old’s are overjoyed about their recent win, their new goal of swinging in the world series is front and center.

The boys are now seeking donations to help fund the estimated $15,000-20,000 trip to Virginia.

“At the end of the day, it’ll all be over on the 20th, and this experience will be a lifetime thought in the back of their minds,” said Randy Spurlock, head coach of the Hickory Hornets. “So it’s going to be something that they’ll enjoy for the rest of their lives.”

If you would like to help the team, a fund has been set up at the M & T Bank, 12 Office Street, Bel Air, Md. Checks can be made out to the “Hornets World Series Fund.”

Comments (6)
  1. Tom says:

    Is the team from Howard or Harford County? I live in Howard and never heard of the Hickory Hornets.

  2. Pat says:

    There’s only one hitch – The weekend crew at ‘JZ doesn’t know where Hickory is. Hickory is in Harford County, as is Bel Air, which is where the bank is that they want you to donate to.

    Maybe they want to get more Howard County folks to donate…

    The weekend editor needs a map!

  3. Ken says:

    The team is from Harford County!!

  4. Mary says:

    Not a very smart reporter.

  5. Selena Littman says:

    I was born in MD and now live in Winchester…have you tried the local campgrounds? I know that 1 has cabins.

  6. Miguel says:

    Actually, Cal Ripken World Series gives a place to a Maryland team as a courtesy, I am not sure how that team is finally chosen though. The international selection criteria is a little different from U.S. teams as far as where the players come from, for instance, team Japan is actually a national team selected by tryouts in May and then play together from then on.

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