MOUNT VERNON — Given the events that have transpired in the last 24 months, the Mount Vernon 11-year-old Little League All-Stars have some unfinished business.
Following back-to-back exits before the state tournament, head coach Bob Tiell and his team will be looking to take the first step toward the state tournament when the All-Stars face off against Southwest Licking on Saturday at Phillips Park with a start time of 1 p.m.
The All-Stars, who play in District 5, will be placed in a four-team, double-elimination style bracket. If they can win three straight games, they will clinch a berth in the exclusive state tournament.
“This team is a close-knit group,” Tiell said. “We have a group of players that love to win, but we do not have many vocal leaders on the team.”
Tiell has coached many teams during his career, and there is one element of his team that he will have to adjust to.
“This team has more speed than any other team I have coached before,” Tiell said. “This team is also a great hitting team. The challenge for us will be the mental aspect of the game. If we fall behind, we need to stay focused and play a full six-inning game.”
Just like any other ballclub, the 11-year-old All-Stars have its strengths and weaknesses. Tiell is hopeful that the team’s main weakness will not be exposed.
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