LAKE FOREST – William Rourke, a member of the Lake Forest 12U team, won the prestigious “Golden Arm” award during the invitation-only Cooperstown, New York, baseball tournament, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rourke, 12, competed against over 100 players from all over the nation in the throwing competition, which measures players’ strength and accuracy in throws from 125 feet in center field to home plate.
Over 5,000 fans watched the “Golden Arm” competition, the most popular contests at Cooperstown among players with great throwing strength and skill. Rourke was the first player ever from Lake Forest to win the “Golden Arm.” Other skills contests included a Home Run Derby, Around the Horn, and the fastest player around the base paths.
Rourke, who stands 5’10” and attends Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest, plays third base, center field and pitcher for Lake Forest. He aspires to play college baseball, and is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox. After winning the competition, Rourke said, “This is like a dream come true.”
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Submitted by Richard Blocki for Lake Forest Baseball Association