Chase Padgett takes swings in the batting cage with Buddy Deal throwing him pitches. Reggie Ling is in the background and Coby Reed is at left, also getting batting lessons.
WARNER ROBINS -- With Friday night being the biggest of their young lives, the 13 boys from Warner Robins were hitting the batting cages, getting last minute instruction from coaches who arent able to be in the dugout with them.
I cant be in the dugout to be intense for you, said Buddy Deal, who was among a few other volunteers who were helping throw balls to the players. You have to carry that from here.
Deal coached last years Warner Robins American Little League team to the Little League Baseball Southeastern Regional championship title and on to the World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Warner Robins, representing Georgia, will face Tennessee at 7 p.m. in the regional championship at Little League Southeast Park. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Randy Jones knows the feeling of not being able to be in the dugout, too.
In 2009, he was in Williamsport, Pa., as manager of the WRALL team that made it a game shy of the semi-finals.
When you get here two hours early just to get a good seat, thats a lot of time to think, Jones said.
And to over think.
His stress level hits maximum during game time when he cannot help but has a lot of thoughts racing through his head.
After hitting curve balls, fast balls and breaking balls, there wasnt anything else the parents or coaches could do to better prepare the players for the game.
The boys headed back to the hotel for a lunch and then a nap after batting practice was finished.
Then it will be back to the fields at 4:45 p.m. where they will start warming up to vie for the chance of a lifetime of playing in the Little League World Series.
Leave nothing on that table, Deal said.