TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
It's become a late may tradition at Mike Carter Field. Before teams compete for the Division III Junior College World Series, they come together for a free little league clinic.
Even after an 18 hour bus ride to Tyler for St. Cloud Tech, the activities and hype surrounding the World Series make it all worth it.
"It was a fun bus ride and no one doesn't want to be here," St. Cloud Tech third baseman Duncan Pederson said. "It is a fun opportunity for us."
Before playing on the biggest stage, the teams say its a privilege to be with the youngsters because they were once in their shoes.
"I played little league baseball when I was a kid and I want to be a special education teacher when I grow up so these kids are awesome," Prince George pitcher Ryan Sikorski said. "I see a lot of great talent out there, its just a great experience for them."
St. Cloud first baseman Edward Reichenbach added, "I think they look up to us a lot, and we inspire them. I think they take what we tell them to heart."
Being one of the top eight teams in Division III Junior College baseball means the lessons are coming from some of the best.
"No matter age you are, whether you are two years old or in the major leagues fundamentals are the key," Reichenbach said. Northern Essex pitcher Zack Beckwith added,"You have to stick to the basics. When you make the errors is when you try to make the better play."
Beginning Saturday, we will see those fundamentals on full display.