12U SLO Tigers baseball team returns from Cooperstown

Posted at 7:02 PM, Aug 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 13:08:26-04

The Central Coast is known for its baseball prowess, from amateurs all the to little leaguers. The 12-under Tigers from San Luis Obispo were able to showcase some of that talent in Cooperstown, NY – home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Tigers returned home with some hardware as they became the first team in program history to win a skills challenge, and they did so by beating out 103 other teams from around the nation.

SLO took home the gold in ‘Around the Horn’, a competition which tests fielding abilities on the diamond and in the outfield.

When it came to the tournament the Tigers placed 17th overall, while socking a program record 37 home runs in nine games.

This was Jon Kaplan’s final season as head coach of the Tigers and he says Cooperstown was a perfect way to end the journey.

"I think we won four tournaments and placed in the top five or ten, two or three other times," Kaplan said. "It’s just the bond we have with the coaches, kids and families, that’s the hard part of stepping away. It was an awesome run that’s for sure."