Youth Baseball Team Headed to World Series

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Friday, July 25, 2008. There's no doubt, 11 and 12 years old boys have a lot of energy. For 12 boys from Columbia County, they are using that energy on the baseball field.

"A lot of these guys have older brothers, who go to Greenbrier, Evans or Lakeside," said head coach John Sandlin. "They're like sponges and now it's their turn and they've done well."

And well is an understatement. After going 7-0 and winning the Georgia State Tournament, this team from Columbia County is heading to the Dixie Youth World Series. Columbia County has won the event the past two years and this year's group is looking to make it a three-peat.

"it's a good group. They're strong, they swing the bat, have good pitching, and play good defense," said Coach Sandlin.

But this year's team is coming in as somewhat of an underdog. That's because all but one of the kids are 11 years old and in a 12 and under league, that makes this team young. But these guys aren't even worried about it.

"We just come out here everyday and get better and listen to our coaches to get us ready for the game," said 11-year old Nick Sandlin

I think they're loose," said Coach Sandlin. "When Fresno State beat Georgia, we've been using that as a rally cry. Nobody gave them a chance and they were loose the whole time and that's what these guys have been doing. Whatever happens, they'll tackle it."

So what are their goals for the World Series?

"Got to win it all. Got to have confidence," said the younger Sandlin.

"Play hard, baseball that is, and partying in the hotel," said 11-year old Colin Dominy.

And the coaches and parents wouldn't have it any other way. The 12-team Dixie Youth World Series begins Saturday in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Columbia County team plays their first game against Texas at 5:30pm.


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