Longhorns hit the home stretch
The Ellis County Press
PALMER - He turns second, third and hits home plate with a crafty slide.
The crowd goes wild, the longhorns have scored again.
However, these might not be the same Longhorns you’re thinking of, these horns hail from Palmer not Austin, but that’s not to say they aren’t just as successful.
This team has been the reining district champions the last six years and has made it all the way to state in five of the last six.
The team I am referring to is the Palmer Longhorns, they are a little league baseball team who competes in the PYAA (Palmer Youth Athletic Association) and the team consists of kids from the ages of 10-12, all hailing from Palmer.
These kids play together all summer from March to August, on the road to state.
However, success like the Longhorns does not come easily, they work hard practicing three times a week during the summer, the time when most kids are sleeping in and playing video games, these kids are on the diamond working hard.
Plus, this team has been together for a long time, most of the kids have been playing with one another for the last five years moving up together from team to team as they got older.
Which is a real advantage because they know each other’s tendencies and get along so well. Coach Joey Ruiz agrees saying these kids are a "close knit group" that "play all sports together" not just baseball.
This aided the boys throughout the summer, pushing them through the district season, where they beat teams from Palmer, Ferris and Maypearl.
Then the Longhorns advanced to the tougher regional play in Hillsboro where they beat 14 other district winners from around the area on the way to state.
However, state is their toughest test and will take place from July 26-30 in Killeen, but either way win or lose this team will continue to play together and be just as successful as those other Longhorns ever could be.