Dixie Minor National Rookies set to impress at district

Published 10:30 pm Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Coming into this weekend’s Dixie Minor Rookie District Tournament in Luverne, Troy Nationals head coach Scott Reeder says he knows exactly what his team has to do in order to bring home a trophy.

“We feel like we can hit with anybody in the tournament, but with these elimination tournaments, that isn’t what will win for you,” Reeder said.

“You have to win with pitching, so if we can pitch well, I feel like we’ll go a long way.”

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The team played in a warm-up tournament this past weekend, where it lost one game and was winning its second before the game was called due to inclement weather.

Since that showing, Reeder said the team has been working on knowing what to do in certain situations that could arise during the game.

“We’ve been working on the defense some as well, just knowing where to throw the ball in certain situations,” Reeder said.

“We’ve also done some situational wok on base running so we know what to do there as well.”

This week’s focus on pitching and good situational play has Reeder confident heading into his team’s game against Crenshaw County at 8 p.m. in Luverne on Friday.

“I feel good about this weekend,” Reeder said.

“If we can just pitch and cut down on our walks, we’ll be ok because this team really does have a lot of speed. This is a good group of ball players we have out here.”