Manila baseball player returning to All American Games
Nicholas Patterson, 11, is Orlando, Fla., bound for the second consecutive year to play in the USSSA All American Games. The All American Showcase tryouts were held May 31 in Jonesboro. Nicholas was in the top four of the Southeast Region. The Southeast Region is made up of six states - Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.
A National Team and an American Team, made of 12 boys on each team, are chosen.
Nicholas will be playing for the National Team this year.
He played on the National Team last year.
The games are held at the ESPN Sports Center.
Nicholas attends Manila Middle School and is the son of Greg and Gail Patterson of Leachville.
It is evident he loves the game of baseball as he is willing to devote so much of his time to the game. He plays pitcher and shortstop. Last week he spent 15 hours in three days working to improve his skills at baseball. He spent three hours a day at Fault Line Athletics in Blytheville working out with a 14 year old traveling team, baseball camps and more practice with his traveling team.
Nicholas is dedicated and works hard to do the best he can do. His efforts paid off as he earned his second trip to the All American Games.
He enjoyed last year and is looking forward to this year. The 2017 games will be held Aug. 5-12. The team of 12 players from all over will come together. They will practice one time and the games will begin. The pool play will be held, then the brackets will be set for the single elimination tournament. The championship games will be held on Friday and Saturday and will be televised.
Before Orlando, Nicholas played in the state tournament in Fayetteville last weekend with the J Town Scrappers, a traveling team out of Jonesboro he has played with for several years. He has been chosen to the All State team and will play in Cabot on July 29.
Nicholas said he appreciates the support of his parents. They encourage him to do his best. Nicholas also enjoys playing basketball.
The games give him the opportunity to meet other young players and play more baseball.
The players will be holding several drawings as a fund raiser. He expressed his appreciation to everyone who has helped. They have a concealed carry gun class gift certificate; a one person membership to Fault Line Athletics; Notty Bar & Boutique gift certificate; and a one hour massage.
Gail will post information about the drawing and tickets on Facebook. Donations are also tax deductible if any business would like to donate.
For tickets or information, call Greg at (901) 240-0832 or Gail at 338-8086.