GRANBURY — Before the start of the USSSA World Series this week, the 8U Waxahachie Marlins decided they would all sport Mohawks.
There is no way to test how much the aerodynamic hair cuts helped, but the Marlins did run over two opponents Tuesday, outscoring the Klein Braves and the Red Oak Outlaws 35-4.
Marlins head coach Armando Sanchez said despite the lopsided wins, the team is not overconfident.
“We’ve been telling them you can be confident, just not too confident,” Sanchez said. “When you get this far everyone is good. We think we can get pretty far, but it just depends on each game.”
The Marlins led Red Oak just 3-0 after two innings, but erupted for seven in the third to open up a 10-0 lead.
The Marlins eventually got the shutout with a 17-0 win.
In the second game of the day, the Marlins slammed the Klein Braves 18-4.
“It took us a couple innings to get going, it wasn’t easy by any means,” Sanchez said. “We played really good defense and even turned two double plays in the game.”
Heading into the World Series, Sanchez said the team’s goal was not just to win, but to also have fun.
He said having a first day like the Marlins did certainly makes having fun easier.
“It makes it a little easier because the kids are looser,” he said. “I know winning is a lot more fun for them.”
The marlins have their final pool game Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against the Cedar hill Longhorns.
After such a successful first day, the team’s expectations are still the same — have fun.
“We’ll re-emphasize that we’re here to have fun,” Sanchez said, “and we’ll continue to try and do the things we worked on in practice.
“As coaches we encourage and teach, we don’t go crazy out there and start griping.”
The Marlins reached the World Series after winning the zone tournament a month ago and finishing 1-1 at the state tournament.