“Everybody hits! Everybody scores!” is the chant, and these 5 and 6-year-olds really mean it.
The Bartow County blue all-star team scored 42 runs in its two games Saturday at Hamilton Crossing in the Dizzy Dean District 2 tournament, splitting them to stay alive in the double-elimination tourney.
“When they hit the ball like this, they can score all they want to,” the team’s head coach, Robin McKibben, said of his team that went 12-0 before Saturday’s games.
Whether it was Blayse Berner executing a textbook, head-first slide into second base, Dawson Craig charging a slow roller, picking it up with his bare hand and throwing out the runner at first, or Cameron Cochran tagging out a runner in a rundown just before he reached home, these Bartow County all-stars foretell a very prosperous future for the Hurricanes, Colonels, Wildcats and Tigers.
“It’s hard to believe some of these kids are just 6 years old,” Brenton Baggett, Bartow County Recreation Department assistant director, said. “There are some good players here.”
Every team member contributed to the 42 runs the team scored. Logan Shrewsbury, Luke Parker, Tristan McKibben, Nolan Elrod, Garrett Griffith, Brody Shiflett, Casen Cochran, Jarret Scott and Maddox Frazier all had their share of hits.
Fans came out to Hamilton Crossing by the dozens to support the team and the excitement was high.
“It’s a great age,” Baggett said. “There’s a big crowd here with parents and grandparents and all kind of different people coming. Everybody comes out and watches them play because it’s their first all-star team.”
The team will play again today at 3:30 p.m. against the New Georgia team.
“They have the capability to go a long way in this tournament,” Coach McKibben said. “We certainly want to represent Bartow County well, but we just want our kids to go out there and do the fundamental things right.”