Cover Story - High Cost of Sports Tournament

We check in with some parents who step up to the plate for their sons' baseball team as they set their sights on a World Series championship run.

Dave Morris is fully invested in his son's baseball dreams.

He tells us, "I started coaching 11 years ago with T-Ball."

This year he took over as manager of his son's team from South Charleston, and steered them to the West Virginia 15 & 16 year old senior league championship. That earned them a birth in Southern Regional’s in Georgia. If they win there, it's on to the World Series in Bangor, Maine. That means Dave has to raise the kids' spirits and raise money, a lot of it.

So He is out here being a manager and trying to help these kids get better and at the same time he is a business manager, too.

He's in good spirits because he's in good company.

Just like Dave Morris, Mike Atkinson also has baseball in his blood and a son on the South Charleston team. He says without dedicated parents, these kids would be stuck on the sandlot instead of competing at the national level.

The collective costs of traveling with a team are astounding. Between hotels, meals and the ever increasing price of gas the trip to the state tournament in Martinsburg, West Virginia was about $6,000.

Even with fundraisers and donations, the parental commitment still has to be there. But they realize that and they deal with it after all, their kids won't be kids much longer.

Unfortunately the boys from West Virginia won't be moving on to Bangor, Maine. They were knocked out yesterday after losing a tight one 7-6 against Tennessee. The silver lining to that cloud is the fact that some of the families will go straight from Georgia to the beach to salvage their summer vacation plans.

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