LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Last year the Lafayette All-Stars were one win away from a trip to the championship before falling 3-1 against Los Gatos, California. Needless to say, the All-Stars have some unfinished business.
Several guys that played on that team, are also on the roster this year. So, of course, last year’s loss is still on their minds.
“Last year hurt when we lost to California in game three. We had the bases juiced, one out and we didn’t get the old pinch run across. We should have a good squad this year and we are going to have a lot of fun that is for sure. Normally you play a lot better when you are having fun, we are all pretty close and hopefully this year we can make it past the semi-finals and make it to the finals,” said Coy Cronk.
The All-Stars had the tying run at second with the bases loaded and two outs but were unable to scratch any runs across. Lafayette hasn’t won the Colt World Series since 1977 but head coach Josh Loggins says he likes his teams chances this year.
“There was several players on this team that were on that team last year that got a taste of being close and we ran into a really good California team. Now knowing that we can compete and that we can compete against these teams that are coming in which are all the best teams in the colt program. I think it gives us some confidence,” said Loggins.
Lafayette will play its first game of this years tournament Friday night when they square off against Prague, Czech Republic.