Lyle to live a dream

Published 8:08 pm Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eleven-year-old Keith Lyle Jr., son of Keith and Tami Lyle of Bainbridge, will soon be living a young baseball player’s dream.

While catching is his favorite position, and he also enjoys playing third base, young Lyle can also play a number of other positions. He does just that for his North Florida Benders 11-year-old and under travel team, based in Blountstown, Fla. They are coached by Blountstown High School Tigers coach Emory Horne.

He and his Benders teammates will be playing in a tournament in conjunction with the College World Series that begins this Saturday, June 19, in Omaha, Neb. They earned their trip to Omaha and the College World Series by winning a tournament in Lake City, Fla.

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While in Omaha, young Lyle and his Benders teammates will get a chance to attend some College World Series games, which will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium, home of the Omaha Royals the Class AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

“We will be introduced at the College World Series,” young Lyle, who will be a sixth-grader at Hutto Middle School in the fall, said with a broad smile.

The second big part of his dream will come in June 2011 when he and his Benders teammates travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., to play in a tournament on the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Field of Dreams ball park.

The Benders earned a berth in the Cooperstown Tournament by winning a Road to Cooperstown Tournament in Dothan, Ala.