West Bladen plays South Carolina in Dixie
Pre-Majors World Series
CHIPLEY, Fla. -- Legs have been stretched after a
trip of more than 600 miles. Hotel rooms have been
assigned. And the steak served during Friday night's
banquet has been digested.
the West Bladen High School baseball team, it's time
to play ball.
The state champion
Knights are scheduled to play Gaston, S.C., at 1
p.m. EDT Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie
Pre-Majors World Series at Chipley High School.
"We feel good," said Coach Kim
Cain, whose team is appearing in the World Series
for the second consecutive year. "We've got four
players coming back from last year's team, and that
will give us a little experience."
The secret to success for the Knights in the World
Series really isn't a secret at all, Cain said.
"We're going to have to do like we
usually do in most games," he said. "We're going to
have to throw strikes, play defense, and hit the
ball. We're definitely going to have to throw
Members of the West
Bladen team are Scott Bowen, Seth Britt, Troy Edge,
Mason Hester, Jeremy Hunt, Ray Jones, Chandler
Lennon, Trevor Lesane, Donald McCullum, Colby
McLean, Joseph Miller, Michael Pastore, Weston
Pidgeon, Trent West and Jarrett Williams.
"I'm very surprised we made it back to the World
Series," said Cain, whose team lost two close games
last year in Alabama. "We're so young. I knew we had
some talent, but I didn't think they'd be ready this
year. They hit the ball in the state tournament, and
they play hard every game."
or lose, says Cain, the experience of playing in a
World Series is something the players should
"It's a great thing to
be representing the state of North Carolina," Cain
said. "And just getting to come down this far away
from home and play baseball. For some of these kids,
this is probably the farthest they've ever been away
from home. It's just an experience they'll remember
the rest of their life.
love to win the thing, but we're going to be
realistic," Cain said. "Realistically, we want to
play good, and the reason we (play summer ball) is
for the experience and to get us ready for next
spring. We're still playing baseball. Most of these
kids will be varsity next year. It's getting us a
little head start on next spring. That's when it
If West Bladen
wins Saturday, it will play Sunday at 5 p.m. EDT
against the winner of Saturday's Auburn,
Georgia-Pine Belt, Mississippi game. If West Bladen
loses Saturday, the Knights will play the
Georgia-Mississippi loser at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday in
an elimination game.
Online plans to offer a real-time Gamecast of West
Bladen's games. Saturday's Gamecast, which will go
live with the first pitch can be watched