First Posted: 8/7/2009
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. After a week of waiting, the East Surry/Mount Airy 14-and-under boys baseball team will finally have its chance to take control of its destiny today.
The boys and their families made the trek to the suburb of Cartersville just outside Atlanta to take part in the Junior League Little League Southeast Regional Tournament, whose winner will go on to Taylor, Mich., and the Junior League Little League World Series.
The teams are divided into two pools, pool A and B, with the North Carolina representatives being placed in pool A with Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Pool B is comprised of teams representing Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.
The top two teams from each pool advance to the semifinal round, with those winners meeting each other for a winner-take-all championship game.
The East Surry/Mount Airy squad will begin its quest today at 10:30 a.m. against Georgia, then take on Alabama at 3 p.m. Sunday before ending pool play against Florida at 10:30 a.m. Monday, with the semifinals and championship games scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mount Airy Little League President Andrew French said the team received more than $500 from area businesses and organizations, including Royster and Royster Law, South Westfield Ruritan Club and United Dairy.
After winning the North Carolina championship last week, coach Randy Sheets said he thinks his team has as good a shot as any to make a trip to the World Series.
Without sounding too cocky, absolutely yes, he said. Last summer when we first got together we were 13-and-under playing up in the 14-and-under age group to make us better for this point here. We wanted to play the competition that will make us better. Its not like we went out there since we got together and won every game, but weve had a little success along the road.
Sheets team now has the task of making that road a little longer.
Contact Thomas Smith at [email protected] or 719-1920.