EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A traveling baseball team from Dodge County is revving up its engines in a big way for the 2013 season.
These guys might have the coolest nickname in all of sports; they’re called the “Dodge Vipers.”
“My son helped a little on that one,” says head coach Chad Slaughter, whose son Logan plays on the team. “We tossed it around and a few players that we had together at the time, we kind of let them decide on it.”
A year and a half later, the 10 and Under Dodge Vipers are making the switch to live pitching in their first tournament this weekend.
Last year, they hit pitches thrown by a machine.
“I feel real good about it,” says 10-year-old Jerrett Stewart. “I’m ready to play.”
“I think it’s good,” says 10-year-old Griffin Durden. “It’s learning real baseball.”
“We’ve kind of cracked down this year,” says Slaughter. “They’re really learning the game–the basic fundamentals, and I’m going to put them on the field and let them go.”
Coach Slaughter says at this age, it’s not all about winning, but that the wins will come once his boys master the game’s fundamentals.
“It’s very important to learn,” says his son, Logan, who’s also 10. “Because when you get in the game, you need to know what to do when it happens to you.”
And after months of practice, the Vipers are ready to show the world what they’ve got.
“I want to steal a couple bases and get a couple runs,” says Stewart.
And as far as the season goes?
“We ain’t gonna win every game,” says Durden. “But some.”
The Vipers will play in Dublin this weekend if the rain holds off.
Coach Slaughter wants to remind you the team is entirely funded by parents and donations, and they can use all the help they can get to pay for trips and equipment.
To donate, visit GOFUNDME.com/DODGE-VIPERS.