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Part 2 of 2: Travel teams change landscape of youth baseball

Mark Hazelwood • Jul 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM

The grassroots of success for baseball in the area often shows itself.

On May 29, four standout players from the area were on Major League Baseball rosters.

In spring nine players from the area were on Division I college rosters. One was drafted in June in the first round of the MLB draft. The second was selected in the 10th round less than a day later.

On Monday the Sandusky American Legion Post 83 baseball team will make its third appearance in four years at the 12-team state tournament, and the seventh since 1999. Twice it has come home with a state championship, the only Legion program within a 60-mile radius of Sandusky to win it all.

However, almost all of the star power produced in this hotbed for baseball talent never stuck through with the biggest grassroots aspect of all: youth baseball.

With the explosion of competitive travel leagues and the specialization of sports, fewer kids in America are sticking with their respective youth leagues as they grow older. In this baseball-rich region, it's never been more evident.

For the rest of this story, see Saturday's Sandusky Register.

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