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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Monday may have been the Birmingham Lions final practice, but it's leading up to a week they will never forget.

The 12-and-under travel baseball team is one of 104 teams in the country selected to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invational Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"It's special to be against teams all over the country," Blake Lester said.  "We're going to have some good competition."

"It's going to be pretty awesome," Hayden Lamey added. "I'm looking forward to the Hall of Fame and the fields are really short so it will be easy to hit home runs."

The Lions will play on the 22-professionally groomed fields at Cooperstown Dreams Park. In addition to the games, they will compete in skills competitions and, of course, visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Babe Ruth, because I'm a Yankees fan," Lester said.

"I'm excited about seeing the greatest players that have ever played the game," Chase Travis said.

It's not exactly an easy road trip to Cooperstown. Some kids are flying while others are driving, and that's about a 16-hour trip to upstate New York.

"I'm going to be doing some reading for school," Lester said, while hearing laughs from his teammates.  "It's one of the school requirements."

The summer assignments of Briarwood Christian and Oak Mountain Intermediate schools could lead to bigger things down the road.

"You think one day you'll be in the hall of fame?"

Sullivan Lipton simply answers, "yes".

By: Kyle Burger - Follow on Twitter @kyle_burger

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