Just 5 teams can afford trip; but children's World Series goes on in Aurelia
"Hey, is this heaven?"
"No... it's Iowa."
Those famous lines, from the movie "Field of Dreams," will squirt unbidden from your computer speakers, should you hit on the CABA Ultimate World Series web site, as unexpected as a wicked hop line drive up the middle.
Smile - it's an appropriate enough cliche. There are a lot of dreams awaiting on the emerald fields of Aurelia and Cherokee, at least there are if you are an aspiring little league world champion, bouncing across the country in the family minivan, painted wildly with messages like "Go, Go, Go!" or "Aurelia or Bust!"
For the 16th year, the Aurelia area will host the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 10 and Under World Series, the pint-size classic that makes a big impact on this rural community. The event will run July 26-29.
This year's field, however, is fraction of the usual size and much less-traveled, seen as a disappointing testiment to the state of the economy.
"I think the times are hitting people tougher than any of us would like to believe. I've been on the phone with coaches all over the country, and the story is the same - for the teams that would qualify to compete in a world series event, they are having to turn the opportunity down because too many of the families of their kids can't afford to make the trip this year," said local CABA tournament director Rich Hinkhouse.
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