The Greater Sealy Little League's 7-year-old and 7/8-year-old All-Stars played warm up games over the weekend at B&PW Park as they prepare for the start of Texas East District 13 tournament play.
Both teams came away with wins and look primed for a strong showing once the tournament begins.
The 7-year-olds defeated La Grange 7-2 in the warm up game and played strong defense en route to the win.
"It was great, with 7-year-olds you just never know what to expect," 7-year-old All-Stars coach Brad Burttschell said. "These guys are kindergarten and first-graders and they're so excited to get out here and play after two weeks of practice. They came out and exceeded expectations. Defensively, they were awesome and they hit the ball well. I'm very proud of them."
The 7-year-old players are Hunter Hinze, Kaden Henry, Blayton Fink, Jake Haisler, Wyatt Blanks, Travis Willingham, Daegan Hrachovy, Pierce Burttschell, Alex Gilbert and Ellington Mulvaney.
Once league play concluded, the players were selected and formed a new team with a short time to get familiar with each other for the district tournament.
"I told them it's a different feeling than they've had in other games," Burttschell said. "It's the first time they've put that jersey and that hat on representing Sealy. They've never had a crowd like this. There is a lot of good stuff to come, but that first one is a special one."
Sealy's 7-year-old All-Stars began the District 13 tournament on Monday against Burleson County and will move on to face the winner between Weimar and Columbus on Wednesday at 8 p.m. or, if they lose, they face the loser between Weimar and Columbus on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Burttschell got a chance to scout Burleson County and likes his team's chances.
"They're a good solid team, but I like where our guys are right now," Burttschell said. "If we play like we did (Saturday), I feel like we can play with anybody. Every team is going to be good."
The All-Stars will get their first taste of what it will be like in junior high and high school representing their hometown and Burttschell said he enjoys getting to experience that with them.
"I enjoy coaching these young ones more than anything," he said. "This is their first taste of it. They don't care where they play or where they bat. They just want to be out here and play. This is where it all starts. If they can build that bond right now, good things are going to come from it."
The 7/8-year-olds beat Rice Little League in their warm up game and will begin District 13 play Monday at 8 p.m. against Burleson American. The winner will move on to face Columbus on Tuesday at 8 p.m. If Sealy loses, they will face the loser between Grimes County and Rice/La Grange on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
The Sealy 7/8-year-old players are Romeo Castillo, Abraham Barrera, Max Hinze, Jake Forrester, Logan Schalla, Parker Vesely, Weston Cryan, Mason Dziadek, Samuel Eschenburg and Reese Reichardt.