There's a large amount of expectation that comes with the setting of lofty goals. The Meridian 12u 70’s All-Star Team set their sights outside the state of Idaho and onto Branson, MO. Under the management of Jacob Hines, the 70’s All-Star Team finished the season with an impressive 48-5 record and earned the right to represent the Pacific Northwest at the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series.
While the team’s ultimate goal was clear, Hines made sure that his team did not get too comfortable during the season. “I’m very proud of them for staying focused and not looking passed states or regionals,” Hines said.
Despite the impressive record, the early portion of the season saw Meridian facing some challenges. When Hines parted ways with three of his coaches and almost half of his team, the roster went through a building process that helped the team grow together.
“The team came together incredibly well,” Hines said. “The most enjoyable thing was to watch that progression.”
Two years removed from a 10u World Series appearance; Hines wants the players to take in the experience while keeping their goals in mind. “It’s a big opportunity and great experience but we are not going just for the experience,” said Hines. “We are going to win.”