OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs Middle school baseball player has a shot at being selected to represent the country as part of Team USA. The group is made up of the best teen baseball players from across the United States and they get the chance to compete around the world in international games. It is all work and no play for Britt Mckay.
"Hit, throw, catch, my pop time and everything," Britt McKay said.
The teen has been putting in lots of hours perfecting his swing and catching skills in hopes of making Team USA.
"I love baseball. I love the game. And I love playing it," Noland said.
His Ocean Springs Middle School coach is just as excited and has also been pushing him to do his best.
"When we found out he was trying out for the Junior USA team we were happy to be part of it. The fact that he got the invite was a huge accomplishment," Coach Rickey Noland said.
Britt's dad said he had to go through several tryouts to get to this point and he is the only south Mississippian who has made it this far this year.
"We went to Mississippi State Baseball Camp this summer. While he was there, one of the camp coaches approached me and said I should take him to the Team USA trials. So we went to that. After two rounds of selections, here we are going to the Olympic training center," Britt's father Brooks McKay said.
Britt's dad said his son has one stage to go. If the teen is selected for the final team he will get to travel around the world doing what he loves.
"Next summer they will travel internationally to I believe to Tokyo and Japan or somewhere like that. And also to the Dominican Republic, I think. So, it would be the international tour just playing baseball summer," Brooks McKay said.
While Britt is a teen of few words, his coach and dad say his powerful swing says it all. They're praying it is enough to land him a spot on the all star team.
"I couldn't tell you the last time a player from Mississippi has represented the junior USA as far is in baseball, so it definitely putting at least Ocean Springs on the map," Noland said.
Britt will be leaving next week for South Carolina where he will compete in Mid-Atlantic region of the National Team Identification Series.