Willamette Valley 10U All Stars 'staying loose' before World Series

Willamette Valley 10U All Stars 'staying loose' before World Series

EUGENE, Ore. -- When they are ten years old, they play for the love of the game.

"It's actually pretty fun," said shortstop Bryce Boettcher. "You just get all dirty. If you actually make the play and get up and the guy is out, it's a really good feeling."

Willamette Valley's head coach, Jody Allard, encourages them to have fun because passion translates to wins on the field.

They not only won the Pacific Northwest Championships, they never lost a game.

"We have really good defense and a lot of pitchers and some good power hitters," said second baseman Gavin Parker.

"Our defense, if anything is hit to them, they'll scoop it right up and throw it to first," said third baseman Kaden Miller.

They're now heading to the Cal Ripken World Series in Arkansas.

"I've never been in the World Series before so I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is a once in a lifetime experience,'" said Boettcher.

"I was really excited, our whole team was jumping up and everything like that," said pitcher Cameron Parks.

Head coach Allard has taken four other teams to the World Series with the best coming in third.

"The competition, you see some of the best pitchers in the nation, best coaching in the nation, best hitters in the nation," said Allard. "You really have to bring your 'A' game and be ready to play some baseball."

Besides the competition, they have one other thing on their mind as they head to Arkansas.

"It's going to be really hot and stuff," said Parker.

"Hot, humid and lots of barbecue," added Boettcher.

"Really hot," said Parks.

"Hot, humid, very very humid and very very hot," commented Parker.

But the team will try to stay cool with their new haircuts. The guys shaved a 'W' and a 'V' on the back of their heads.

It's all for the love of the game.