The Mayo Post No. 226 American Legion baseball team is going to a World Series it can't win, but nonetheless it will be in the spotlight.
Mayo won the National American Legion Championship in August in Corvallis, Ore., becoming the first Maryland team to do so since Cumberland in 1934.
As is the American Legion custom, its national champion is sent, all expenses paid, to a Major League Baseball World Series game.
"It looks like we will be going to game No. 4 in either Oakland or Boston," said Mayo head coach Bernie Walter. "If Toronto makes it, we may be going instead to a National League city.
"The National Legion Baseball Committee sends its champion to the series every year, and we will be presented our awards at home plate before the game we attend."
Local TV affiliates will have the opportunity to videotape the presentation and broadcast it later on their evening newscasts.
Mayo will send 17 players to the fall classic, along with Walter and his coaching staff of Will Trinidad, Tut O'Hara and Warren Young.
O'Hara and Young will pay their own air fare, Walter said.
"It's quite an honor, but these kids deserve it," said Walter. "They won as true a national championship as there is."
Some 4,000 teams across the nation play Legion 18-and-under baseball.