The EvoShield Canes demand a team oriented attitude that is displayed on and off the field. The Canes play excellent competition and are showcased in some of the nation’s top sports facilities. This program is modeled after college programs, with emphasis on teamwork, discipline and dedicating themselves to baseball year-round. Playing for the Canes gives student/athletes the experience of traveling all over the East Coast and playing baseball.
Quotes from EvoShield Canes Media Day Session:
Drew Liles, 13u:
We’ll try to do everything we can to win and end (the season) with a bang. It’s our last tournament with some of these guys. It can be hard (transitioning to 13u), because before you could just lift balls and get them out, but now you have to think about hitting the ball on the ground, or hitting line drives. We had a good win last weekend, and that gave us some momentum coming into here. It’s important to come in here with confidence and represent the brand well.
Brandon Liles, 13u coach:
For myself, being in this circuit 10-plus years, this is a unique that we are really excited about. We can bring in this many teams from your own organization and watch the younger ones do well, the older teams play well – we’re looking forward to showing our brand of baseball, which we think is a pretty good brand. We’ve made a pretty good transition (from 12u) because we have some bigger kids. I’m excited about what this group has been able to do.
It’s been up and down; last weekend we scored six in the semifinals in the final inning to walk off, and went into the championship, played a good Division-I team, and made pretty good work of them. We caught stride at the right time; we come into here with some confidence and swag, and we feel good about who we are.
Rick Pate, 14u coach:
It’s a great opportunity for the older guys to interact with the kids around the hotel and at the fields … you can see the younger guys look up to these guys. To bring these kids through the organization at such an early age is (important). We have a chance to play teams up and down the East Coast and the Southeast, but rare to play a team from Texas or Oregon or Canada. This is a great event, definitely top-notch. The history of East Cobb is amazing; the program they do here for rec and travel is a great thing to see.
Nick Morgan, 14u:
I really think it’s a good thing the kids look up to us. It makes sure we stay focused in the game all the time; you keep a good, positive attitude so the younger kids see that. One day they can come up, fill our shoes, and do that for the next generation. It’s competitive here; we like to see that, and it makes us better knowing that going into a tournament, knowing they didn’t come all this way to lose, so that will push us harder. It’s an honor to play here; I love the facilities, and knowing MLB players were here … hopefully one of our players can get to the MLB.
Rick Gilcrest, 9u coach:
Our 13s and 14s are good teams – we have to develop and try to be as ready when we get there. The Canes expect you to win, and every time we leave Raleigh we expect to win. You have to develop and get better. We love playing competition, and that’s why we travel the way we do. The Canes name, you have to live up to it. We’ve lost a few, won a few, and you have to learn from the ones you lost and get better.
Brady Suber, 9u:
It makes us want to play harder, because we know if we don’t do good it might hurt the Canes. If we do play good, it can bring up (everyone’s) confidence, and maybe we can win the whole thing. You have to be focused for the whole game; they’re not going to throw it down the middle every time, they’ll try changeups, try to mix us up. We’ve been working on what we are supposed to do, our bunt defense, how to get kids out, situational hitting. We’re always wanting to help each other out, to pick each other up and bring each other up.
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