Wylie All-Stars depart for first-ever Junior League World Series
ABILENE, Texas - Friday morning, the Wylie Junior All-Stars boarded a bus, behind engine 8 from Abilene Fire Department and in a parade of fans at the road's side, left town in search of a perfect ending to what could be described as a perfect season.
A World Series title.
Wylie High School's parking lot was turned into a pep rally, fit with an electronic sign reading "World Series Bound, Southwest Regional Camps." The team and their families will be headed to Taylor Michigan, sight of the Junior League World Series tournament next week.
This is a Wylie program's first-ever appearance at the World Series level, coming on the heels of its first state and regional titles.
Parents, cheerleaders, and Wylie's varsity baseball coach Clay Martin were in attendance to wish them off, with Martin providing a special message to these future Bulldogs. Martin won Wylie's first UIL State title in 2016, and backed it up with a second-straight state championship this past June.
Even former Wylie H.S state champion Mac Mueller was a part of Friday's festivities, having been a part of that 2016 state championship team. Mueller also gave advice on playing on this level of Little League, having been a member of German's Little League World Series team when he was younger.
It's an accomplishment that's finally hit these boys as they set off in search of the ultimate glory, and doing so by representing Texas and the entire southwest starting Sunday.
"To finally get there and represent that big of a state and that big of a region, it's really an honor," said second baseman Riley Hood. "It's really an honor and we want to make all those regions proud and just represent really well."
Wylie's first game is Sunday, 4 p.m. CT against the USA West representatives.