HILTON HEAD, Sc (WSAV) – On a humid Monday night in late July, it looks like Crossings Park on Hilton Head Island is the place to be. Dozens of children leave their parents’ cars, gloves and bats in hand to attend America’s past. The baseball diamond is home to the Hilton Head Island 12U All-Stars team.
“I just wanted to be a part of the best of the best and have confidence in myself by knowing that I’m good enough to be on the team,” said outspielder Collin Lozan.
Lozan not only created the team, he also came up with a walk-off hit to deliver his team 2021 South Carolina Dixie Youth Boys Division 1 State Championship. However, the time for partying is over as the boys get ready to get on their way again. This time for a trip to the Dixie Youth Boys World Series.
“It really helps that we build friendships so we have a lot of team chemistry, and that makes it fun because you don’t have to go out here just to play,” explained first baseman AJ Petro. “You need to get out here to be serious and have fun.”
“I love it. I’m canceling my summer vacation because of this,” exclaimed right-hander Peter Fenstermaker. “I’m ok with that and I love going to the World Series.
That’s right- some of these players have already been in a World Series. Fenstermaker and five others were part of the Hilton Head Island 9U All-Stars team who finished second in 2018. Now they are attacking exercise with the same intensity as they would have a game in hopes of bringing more hardware home.
“Winning definitely helps,” added head coach Jeff Reilley when asked about his team’s ability to practice with a purpose. “They have been very successful and have not had much adversity so far. We’ll see what the World Series brings, but so far it’s been great. ”
The tournament will be played from August 6 to 12 in Laurel, Mississippi. WSAV keeps you updated on team progress.
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