Cooperstown, N.Y. — Andrew Eskens, Lincoln Rebels, Lincoln, took home the Golden Arm Award in the most recent American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament held in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The tournament was held during the week of July 8. He beat out 103 other competitors from around the country to earn the award.
Eskens hit the bull’s eye during the preliminary round to advance to the finals where, in front of thousands of fans, he repeated the feat to take home the trophy.
Eskens is the first player from Nebraska to win a skills competition at the Cooperstown Tournament.
Since 1995, 12-year old baseball teams from all over the country travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament.
As part of the tournament, a set of skills competitions tests players from each team in various events.
In the Golden Arm competition, players are given three throws from centerfield to hit a target at home plate to accumulate as many points as they can.
Eskens is the son of Mike Eskens (formerly of Wynot) and Kari Eskens, Lincoln, and grandson of Marlene Eskens, Coleridge.