Midville earned their ticket to Jackson, Mississippi, but their actual plane tickets for the championship this past weekend was another obstacle left to conquer.
The team had to create fund-raisers and ask for donations in order to raise the more than $10, 000 needed for the trip. Once the team had secured enough money, their worries shifted toward the opposing baseball teams.
In the World Series, the Dodgers faced off against the best amateur teams in the United States, including the local Bayside Yankees. MidVille’s only win in the tourney was against their local rival, and late-game blunders led to three losses in the tournament, ending the Dodger’s title hopes.
When asked about the losses, Greg Modica, the Dodger’s skipper, said the team pressed harder because of the stage.
“They almost tried too hard because it was the biggest stage,” Modica said. “Some strengths became weaknesses.”
The Dodgers, from Middle Village, were a young team and many of them were strangers to this type of tournament. The experience gained on the NABF World Series will be a resourceful tool when reaching another feat of this magnitude.
Part of the reason the tournament received such attention was because of the college scouts, managers, and teams at hand looking on what these kids have to offer.
Jose Perez, 2nd baseman/outfielder for the Dodgers, was one whose stellar play caught the attention of a college scout, in particular Hinds Community College. Hinds Community College, recognized for it’s excellence in baseball, offered Perez a scholarship to play at their school.
Trying to fill voids on the team left by the college-bound players will be another difficult task when the Dodgers head to the offseason.
The Dodgers will combine their 16-under and 17-under squads, examine the talent and get a grasp for what the team’s getting next year. If the coach sees see something missing, then they’re set off scouting and recruiting.
Looking at back at the accomplishments and putting them in perspective helps improve a team. The Midville Dodgers’ impressive season was highlighted by a 30-7-1 record, their slaying of opponents in the Nassau Regional Tournament, and a slot on the NABF’s World Series bracket.
“It was successful season, but we came short,” said Coach Modica. “Overall, the team knows what it takes to win games.”