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Coaches of Freshman League gets players ready for next level

June 11, 2014

Jaydeerun Pierce gets into his batting stance for W.I.L.D. Bunch First Baptist Church. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)

One of the greatest moments of satisfaction for a coach is to see his or her players take their talents to the next level.
No matter whether it is making the leap from college to professional or from high school to college or even seeing a little leaguer make his junior high squad or seeing a former player continue pursuing their passion, it is all the same.
“At this age group, we are actually getting them ready for junior high baseball if they want to pursue that,” Cubby Harris Painting Cubs coach Keith Lawrence said. “This is a good league for that. A lot of kids that come through here are actually playing with Starkville and Starkville Academy.”
With so much riding on what takes place after the season ends, there's quite a bit that coaches want to accomplish during their short time with the athletes. In order to aide athletes in the pursuit of their goals, coaches in the 11- and 12-year old league spend their time reinforcing the basics of the game and how to apply them in live scenarios.
“This is something where they can get a lot of game experience,” Ben Knight, coach of the W.I.L.D. (walking in love daily) Bunch, said. “That is what you want because you can’t model or recreate that so we really focus on teaching fundamentals, but also baseball knowledge. We want them to have a high baseball IQ as they move forward.”

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