Excitement building as FSU waits to take the diamond against LSU

By: Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The College World Series is now down to six, and FSU is one of those teams still alive to fight for the title in Omaha. And, a thousand miles away, there's plenty of excitement here in Tallahassee.

On Tuesday afternoon, rain falls at Dick Howser, but neither weather nor a trip to the College World Series can stop Mike Martin's youth baseball camp.

These kids saying they're staying up till curfew to watch their Noles play.

Camper Aidan Polaszek said, "I just kind of get nervous but I get over it when it's over."

Henry Underwood added, "I hope they win it all actually, and just showing everyone what they can do."

Helping with the camp, and FSU’s Baseball Operations Director Chip Baker says this team is fighting hard.

"Sometimes when you get into the losers bracket, you get to play more often and that kind of helps you out a bit."

"They show an inspiration that they want to play, and never really want to quit and play hard and win the ball game,” Underwood continued.

Campers say credit for getting to Omaha doesn't just go to those on the field.

Jaharie Boone, another camp attendee, said, "I think having good coaching like that even in that rough stretch took them to Omaha and that's why I came here."

After losing to LSU on Saturday they face each other once again Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

"I've never had the opportunity to go to the new stadium, so I hope they get to Saturday. I texted the kids last week to tell them I'd see them sometime Friday and to keep grinding," said Baker.

Keep grinding - that's what these young players are doing too, hoping to maybe one day play for Mike Martin's team.

And, who knows, maybe even head to a College World Series.

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