By Patrice Clark -
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula youth ball teams could be playing for a national championship. For the first time, the boy's baseball and the girl's softball teams are playing for a chance to win it all.
The Mississippi Blast girl's team is fired up to go to the softball World Series in Georgia.
"Last year, we were trying to get there, but we didn't succeed," Alondra Woodland said about her team. "This year we lost players and gained players, so it is really exciting."
The girls are proud to say they're undefeated, and now they're practicing around the clock at the Pascagoula field to keep that title. Woodland is working on her swing.
"I think we are going to win because we are a good team."
There is also a lot of heart on the Boy's Dixie Baseball Team. Coach Robert Taylor said the team only lost one game this year, and each player was loaded with determination from the start.
"We can be down two or three points, but they don't get down. There's no crying, no fussing, they just come back fighting."
That fight has landed the team a spot in the Boy's Dixie Youth O-ZONE Championship Game in Arkansas.
"It will be a benefit for us and we will represent Mississippi," player Mouso Hasan said.
"We will be the best in 12 states in the region, the South Region," Taylor said.
During this tough economic time, the coach needs South Mississippians to be generous and open their wallets to help get the kids to the big games.
"We need sponsors, food, hotel, gas," Taylor said.
The donations will be a home run for these young players who have worked so hard to get to the top.
"Please support us."
If you would like to donate to the youth teams, call Coach Robert Taylor at (228) 366-0098.