It's the biggest game these eight-year-olds have ever faced in their baseball careers, as they are preparing for the Dixie League World Series.
The Nacogdoches U8 All-Star baseball team is headed to Texarkana, Arkansas for the tournament where they will be competing against 16 other states in the Southeast region.
This Nacogdoches team will be representing the state of Texas as they are the only team from the state who made it. They are making sure they take advantage of the opportunity.
These kid’s dream became a reality when they beat another East Texas team in the state finals against Hudson.
“We were like really happy and just ready to go. We were like, ‘Can we go right now?’ We really want to go see what's there,” said Luke Taylor, a shortstop on the team.
For the coaches, they say this trip to the World Series was also made possible through community support.
“The Nacogdoches community has really helped us out a ton,” said head coach Bryce Payne. “We've had fundraiser's at Walmart, we've washed cars, and we had raffle tickets for a YETI cooler.”
All that support helped get the team new uniforms for their trip to the World Series.
“Anytime these eight-year-old kids get to put on new uniforms, go stand in the lights and play baseball, especially at this level at the World Series, it's going to be special,” said Coach Payne.
“We worked hard to get here and it's cool to put on these new jerseys to go play in the World Series,” said Bryce Payne.
What's even cooler for Bryce is that he gets to do all this with his dad being the head coach
“It's cool to be working with my dad and going to the World Series with my dad,” said Bryce.
These kids say they have been looking forward to this moment since starting T-Ball, and have the confidence they can win it all.
“I expect good competition, pretty hard I would guess, but we can beat them because we can hit the ball hard and we got really good defense,” said Jackson Glimph.
“We're happy we made it and glad to be there, but our end goal is to go win it,” said Coach Payne. “We worked hard for it and I think the kids expect it too.”
The team’s first game will be Friday starting at 1:30 p.m.
They are also coached by Corey Bland, Clint Taylor and Michael Davidson.
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