Troy’s Coach Pitch team prepared for Enterprise District
Published 3:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Troy 6U Coach Pitch Team is participating in the district tournament for the first time this year.
David Adams, who has coaching in his blood, will lead Troy into the tournament in Enterprise starting on Thursday.
“They are fired up and ready to go,” Adams said. “It’s an honor to be able to coach these kids and to be able to watch them develop from the beginning of the season to the end of the season. It has just been a pleasure to be a part of it.”
This will be the first season that Troy will field a 6U team.
“We had a practice game last weekend and we had a big crowd,” Adams said. “Everyone is in to it. The kids played a couple of games and when they were done they looked like pigs. They were filthy and they had a real day of baseball. It was fun to watch and to be a part of.”
Members of the 2016 6 U Coach pitch team are: Dutch Adams, Colt Taylor, Layton Burgans, Grant Davis, Landen Flowers, Pierce Gill, T.J. Griffin, Ridge Hicks, Ty Hughes, Parker Knick, Sawyer Terry and Asa Thompson.
The players are learning to adapt to new positions and new teammates in the post-season.
“In the regular season, most of the kids on the tournament team played the same position,” Adams said. “Some kids are going to have to understand that they are going to have to play another position. They are happy with it. They will do anything they ask you to do.”
Adams said has been impressed with the team’s strength.
“To me it’s a lot harder to play defense,” Adams said. “I am impressed with their defense. I am impressed to watch when we do a round of infield these kids throw to second base or third base. They are just like a normal baseball team, but their doing it at 6 years old.”
Four other teams will compete in the district tournament: Eufaula, Luverne, the Enterprise Americans and the Enterprise Nationals.
The top two teams in district will advance to the state tournament.
Whether they win or they lose, Adams wants his team to play hard and play with good sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
“We want to teach the kids whether we win or lose, we do it with class,” Adams said. “We want to teach them sportsmanship at an early age.”
Troy’s first game will be in round two against the winner of Luverne and Eufaula on Friday at 6 p.m.