After finishing third in the Waxahachie Youth Baseball League, the 8U Marlins went on an impressive run at the zone tournament and claimed the championship.

Now, the team’s goals are a little more lofty as they head to the USSSA World Series in Granbury that is slated to begin play on Monday.

Head coach Armondo Sanchez said the decision to continue playing after the zone tournament was an easy one.

“After getting first at the zone tournament the kids were excited and interested in following through,” he said. “The kids have worked hard and been successful, now we hope to continue that.”

Teams are supposed to arrive in Granbury on Sunday with pool games set to begin Monday.

While going to the World Series with hopes of winning it, Sanchez said it’s important to remember why the team is going.

“We’ve got to make sure they are having fun,” he said. “After that, hopefully all the practice takes over and we can stay loose and relaxed.”

Since beginning postseason play, the Marlins have lost only once with most of their wins coming via a blowout.

The Marlins rang up a 19-run win in the zone tournament and won the championship 12-2.

At the state tournament, the team lost their first game before taking a 13-3 win.

Sanchez believes the Marlins can be just as successful this week at the World Series.

“You’ve got to keep everything positive,” he said. “We’re still coach pitch so we’re still an instructional league. But we’ve got a good group of kids that work hard and make it easy.”

The Marlins are one of two Waxahachie teams going to the state tournament as they are going to be joined by the 14U Blue Jays. Last year there was only one Waxahachie team that made the trip to Louisiana.

Whether they win or not, the Marlins are excited about the experiences they know are coming. But that certainly does not mean they don’t want to win.

“We expect to have fun, but we also expect to go pretty deep in this thing,” Sanchez said. “We’ve practiced hard and I think we can get close to those last rounds.”