Price American Legion has week off to prepare for mini-state tournament
Price's American Legion baseball team has the week off, but only because Ceder City canceled it's game for July 10 in Price. The team, however, will take the down time in stride since the season has been very full with a total of 28 games thus far.
Since late May the team has been pounding it out across the region and although there have been some sour defeats, the team still hopes to be a reckoning force during the upcoming state tournament July 25 through August 4.
"The boy's arms are strong and they're playing well together," said coach Willie Ellington over the phone. "I don't really see a lot of weaknesses."
With the week being devoid of action, the team will be preparing for a game next week against Rangely Colorado on July 15, followed closely by the mini-state tournament in Vernal, July 17 through 18.
"I think we still have that competitive edge even this far into the season and we're excited. Our biggest strength is determination," said coach Ellington.
The upcoming mini-state tournament will see match-ups between Price, Roosevelt, Vernal and Ceder City, and while it is only a qualifier for the overall state tournament, coach Ellington knows it will be a good one.
"It's going to be a hot tournament and we've got a really good chance at coming out on top," said the coach.
Only the tournament winner will make it to state, however, as said before the coach believes that if the team can stay focused, they can win it, and regardless of the outcome he is proud at how far the team has come.
"I've seen big improvements on the team's character and confidence. Playing against some of these college teams (Northern Colorado and CEU) has really helped them to believe in themselves," said Ellington. In the past the team has struggled to stay focused during the fifth and sixth innings, but the coach hopes this will be overcome and team will preserver.
"Coaching is only 10 percent of the game. It really helps when you have kids with enthusiasm. It's been a good season."