KINSTON, NC (WNCT) – The seats at Kinston’s Grainger Stadium were filled Saturday afternoon.
Eight teams were in town for the Junior College Division III World Series. Although the goal is a championship, for some fans, Saturday was about more than just baseball.
Greene County’s ten-year-old youth baseball team is in love with the game. They spent the day at Grainger Stadium watching the junior college world series.
Tucker Brady who plays on the team said, “I like being out with my friends.”
Their coaches brought them to the ballpark with one thing in mind.
“I look at baseball more than just playing a sport it’s helping them to grow up and be young good men,” head coach Jay Brady said, adding that he wants his 10-year-old players to see the bigger picture. He wants the young ones to have goals and go to after those goals.
The team’s favorite part of their trip to Grainger Stadium on Saturday had nothing to do with home runs or stolen bases. A simple gesture is what they’ll remember most.
One of the junior college players gave the boys hats and signed their baseballs. In return, the kids reminded the college athletes of something many tend to forget.
“It’s all about having fun, and that’s why I feel like these kids out here, they show us that,” college athlete Jordan Trahan said.
Everyone at the park said it was a day well spent.
Jay Brady said, “I just love these kids and I just want all kids their age and younger and older to keep working hard, keep sports around here, that’s what it’s about.”
The tournament runs through the weekend, and into the early part of next week.