According to Coach Gwain Jefcoat the Winona team competed in the World Series in Southaven last week and participated in what he called an unbelievable experience.
“We all enjoyed it, and it was great experience,” Jefcoat said. “This is something these players will remember for the rest of their lives.”
The Winona team went 1-3 in the World Series with their lone win coming against St. John Parish, La. in a 16-15 decision. Losses were handed to them by Sandy Springs, Ga., Starkville and two-time Dizzy Dean champs Germantown, Tenn.
“We have a great group of 10 year olds,” Jefcoat said. “This is a team that is willing to listen and be coached. We have a well-rounded team and our defense was very good.”
The Winona team competed in the Dizzy Dean State Championships in Eupora two weeks ago and managed to finish third in the state by going 3-2. Winona finished behind Starkville and Newton County in that tournament.
Jefcoat, who has coached a Winona Rec baseball team since finishing high school in 2010, said he enjoyed being around the kids, and he was surrounded by great coaches.
“The coaches on this team have all been around baseball for a long time,” Jefcoat said. “They’ve all played the game and are very familiar with it.”
Jefcoat said the team represented Winona well, and he would like to thank each and every sponsor that contributed to their World Series trip.
Members of the Winona 10 year-old all star team are: Jake Ware, Aidan Eldridge, Colbran Ingram, Trace Carpenter, Hunter Smith, Lane Beckwith, Jacob Myers, Griffin Faulkner, Morgan Nance, James Shelton, Reese Johnson, Coach Keith Ware, Coach Gwain Jefcoat, Coach Corey Lindley and Coach Brad Johnson.