For the second year in a row, Waxahachie junior Colton Cain has been invited to tryout for the Youth National team.
The Youth National team is made up of 18 of the top baseball players in the United States that are 15 and 16 year’s old.
Cain missed the cut last year, but is excited about another chance to represent the U.S. in Venezuela in mid-August.
“It’s pretty much going to be the same thing,” he said. “I won’t try to do too much and just play baseball.
“This is the second time around so hopefully is should be a little easier.”
Last year, Cain played first base during the four-day tryout in North Carolina, but this time he will be on the mound.
“Pitching is what I love to do,” Cain said. “I like playing first too, but wherever I play I’m just going to hustle and try to do things the right way.”
Cain got the invitation to tryout because of his play at a Junior Olympic Championship tournament in Arizona.
Because Cain plays on a 17U team, he was placed on the ABD Bulldogs, a team out of California.
While the team from California won the tournament, Cain was the only player from his team asked to tryout.
Because this will be his second time trying out for the Youth National team, Cain believes things will go more smoothly this time around.
“Last year I was kind of unsure of what was going on and I wasn’t very comfortable out there,” he said. “This time I’ll be able to relax a bit because I know what to expect.”
Cain said the travel and games against top competition this summer will help next spring when the school season rolls back around.
“It definitely helps because you’re seeing a great hitter every time and you facing an ace pitcher every time you bat,” he said. “It always helps when you play against good competition.”
The tryout in early August will consist of four scrimmages before the group is cut from 36 to 18. The final 18 will practice for four more days before leaving for the Junior Olympics in Venezuela.