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Wilson competes in Gameday USA New Year’s Baseball Classic

Photo submitted by Ami Wilson
Wyatt Wilson brought home a Silver Medal 
from The Gameday USA 
New Year’s Baseball Classic in Florida.

By Shari Harris,
Co-Publisher
  Wyatt Wilson, a Phelps County R-III seventh grader, earned a spot on a multi-state all-star baseball team and competed in the Gameday USA New Year’s Baseball Classic Dec. 27 through Jan. 1 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
  The Wilson family loaded up and headed to Florida. Each day, they were up at five a.m. and at the ball park by seven for a long day of baseball.
  Wilson’s all-star team was composed of players from multiple states, and the coaches were new to all of them. The tournament included other all-star teams, as well as some of the top teams in this country and internationally that were still in their regular seasons. Teams competing that week were in the 8U up to 18U age levels. Wilson’s team was one of eight teams at the 13U level. The 12U level had 23 teams present, and with 11 to 13 kids on each team, Wilson’s mother, Ami Wilson reported there were young ball players and their families everywhere. The games went on all day, every day, with some amazing baseball taking place.
  Wilson’s team lost the first three games in pool play, but they used those games to blend as a team. In tournament play, they advanced undefeated to the finals, where they faced a team that was competing in the tournament as part of their season. Wilson’s team played hard, but ultimately were defeated 6-9 in the final. Wilson and his teammates earned a silver medal for their efforts.
  Wilson reported that his best game defensively was the semifinal game. He entered the game in the bottom of the second and pitched a no-hitter from there, with his team winning 5-3. Wilson was excited to play in the Atlanta Braves’ spring training stadium and to see Deion Sanders. Baseball scouts watched the play from the stands, clocking speeds of pitches and observing the players’ skills.
  Wilson had the opportunity to participate in one individual competition – either “Around the Horse,” pitching, the home run derby, or speed challenges. Wilson was in the home run derby, but was disappointed that he didn’t get any good pitches.
  Now that he’s home again, Wilson reports he is ready to return to practice January 30th with the Diamond Dawgs. Tournament play begins in March, so this young all-star doesn’t get much of a break, but I’m sure he wouldn’t trade one second of his week in Florida.

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