DILWORTH, Minn. — 12U Coach Brad Anderson will admit he has a dream job.
"I have run out of adjectives. It has been fantastic," he said.
He's shepherding a group of energetic, disciplined 12-year-olds from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, who just happen to love the game of baseball.
Now they have an opportunity of a lifetime.
It was a few weeks ago when the surprise invitation came to the team — a chance to play in the Cal Ripken World Series in California.
"If it's just about baseball we're doing it wrong," Anderson said. "It's a fantastic opportunity for these boys and the other teams to experience something beyond (their) wildest dreams."
The boys — some who have never flown before — have been raising a lot of money for their trip by busing tables at Pizza Ranch and working fundraisers at the Hi-Ho in Dilworth and at a steak fry in Felton.
For the team, work ethic on the field starts with an apron and a chance to thank the town sending them to the series.
"To watch them on the field (and) off the field, grow and accept everything connected to this has been very rewarding, for coaches and dads," Anderson said.
The boys are pretty excited for the 12U world series. But first, they still have work to do.
The team will be back at the Hi-Ho Tuesday night, raising funds for their trip. They then have two more fundraisers scheduled. One in Glyndon on Thursday at "The Hill" and at the Moorhead American Legion on July 25.
It's a tall order for any group of 12-year-olds, but the opportunity is a great reward for a job well done.
"A small town can always do something big, you know?" teammate Will Martin said. "You don't always win, but you can learn from the losses."
Coach: Brad Anderson
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