Young All-Stars hope to pound out wins at state tournament

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 16, 2002

On Friday night, the Bennetts Creek 9-10 National All-Star team will head to Pound (near the Kentucky border) to take part in the Virginia Little League Championships. But Jay Riddick isn’t just excited about playing baseball.

&uot;I hope I get to see some deer and elk during the road trip,&uot; he said at practice at Driver Elementary School on Tuesday. &uot;But when we get there, all I want to see is us win some games!&uot;

Melvin Turner hopes to get four-star treatment in Pound. &uot;We’re staying at the Holiday Inn,&uot; said Turner, &uot;and they better have some good room service, because I’m going to be wanting some good grub!&uot;

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Tossing the ball with his teammates, Tyler Horton looked at the scoreboard, which still shows the statistics of the 1-0 victory he and his teammates took from Wilson in the District 6 title game on July 8.

&uot;We all have good attitudes on this team,&uot; said the first baseman. &uot;Winning the district help-ed build our confidence.&uot;

That was obvious to coach James Vann, who took the team to State in his first year of coaching at Bennetts Creek. &uot;The kids had a lot of fun playing in the All-Star tournament,&uot; said Vann. &uot;But we all hope that this is an experience that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.&uot;