Winning the USSSA World Series this week in Granbury would be an outstanding achievement for the 14U Blue Jays and their coach Keith Patterson.
However, winning is No. 2 on the list of priorities for the Waxahachie Youth Baseball League team.
“We have to remember to have fun,” Patterson said. “Don’t get me wrong, we want to win, but we’re going for the experience.”
The Blue Jays reached the semifinals of the zone tournament last month and went 0-2 at the state tournament two weeks ago.
Patterson said after getting rained out on the last day of the state tournament, he got a commitment from each player about playing at the World Series.
“We don’t win pretty, but we play as a team and that’s most important,” he said. “We were disappointed about getting rained out, but we’ve worked hard and I think we have a pretty good chance.”
In order to make sure his team is not distracted at the World Series, Patterson elected to have his entire team stay in a cabin in Glen Rose.
“I wanted us to stay together as a group,” he said. “The parents are on their own, but I wanted to get them away from the festivities and have fun as a team this week.”
Patterson believes for the Blue Jays to have a chance at going deep in the tournament, they must hit the ball well.
After weeks of practice he said the team is as ready as it ever will be.
“We have to play as a team,” he said. “My job is to get them to believe and their job is to do it.”
The tournament is slated to start Monday with pool games.