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Michigan made the most of the past week in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Several thousand Detroit fans descended on the tiny town in upstate New York to watch two Tigers legends, Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, take their place among the game's legends as the newest Baseball Hall-of-Famers.

Then, on Thursday night, a youth travel team based out of Rochester Hills was the last one standing in an elite tournament that began with 104 teams.

The Motor City Hitdogs steamrolled their way to the weekly championship at serene Dreams Park, where thousands of kids from all over the country play throughout the summer at the complex that opened in 1999.

"We knew we had something special," coach Tony Leonard said. "I told them to compete like they have never competed before; leave your mark. And that's what they did. They put on a show all weekend and everyone enjoyed watching."

The Hitdogs went 11-0 to win the Week 9 championship, and rarely were challenged. They outscored opponents, 200-21, and belted 71  home runs. Every kid on the roster had at least one home run, and the team batted .574 for the week.

In the semifinals, they won, 18-3.

In the finals, they won, 17-1.

The Hitdogs gave the state of Michigan its eighth championship at Dreams Park, joining the 2017 and 2014 Hitdogs; the 2013 Warriors Baseball Club of Michigan; the 2011, 2006 and 2005 South Oakland A's; and the 2003 Coughlin Chargers of Clinton Township. There are 12 or 13 champions crowned at Dreams Park each year, with weekly tournaments from June through August.

The 2018 Motor City Hitdogs roster included Logan Ellis, Wells Graham, Julian Harris, Ryan Knaebel (who also is on the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores team that is playing in the Great Lakes Regional), Jake Leonard, Scotty Leonard, Davis O'Donnell, twins Parker and Tait Picot, Dylan Raiola, Brenson Watters and Brock Wetzel.

Dreams Park, located in Milford about four miles south of Cooperstown, is arguably the elite youth baseball complex in the country, featuring 22 lighted diamonds spread across 165 acres, used exclusively by the 12-and-under teams that travel from far and near throughout every summer.

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