Tournaments : : Story
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Patriots roll through competition

Matthew Stokes        
Photo: Perfect Game

CUMMING, Ga. – The Dallas Patriots 14u Stout are cruising through the 2012 14u WWBA National Championship in dominant fashion. In its first three tournament games, the team has outscored opponents by a combined 29-2 margin, including a 8-1 victory against Team Georgia Baseball Academy 14u on Tuesday afternoon at Pinecrest Academy’s Fathers Field.

One of four 14u teams under the Dallas Patriots’ umbrella at this tournament, the 14u Stout squad is managed by Logan Stout, who founded the organization in 2000.

Going on 13 years,” said Stout following the win at Pinecrest Academy. “Time flies.”

Among the most recent and notable of players to come through the Dallas Patriots program are 2011 graduates Josh Bell and Trevor Story. Bell scored a seven-figure signing bonus from the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer while Story signed for just under a million dollars with the Colorado Rockies. Developing such talent from a young age is a priority in the organization, Stout said.

I’ve been with this specific group of guys since they were nine- and 10-year-olds,” said Stout of this 14u group. “What we like to do is find a coach, get him a group of young guys and carry them all the way up. That’s typically what we do. Josh and Trevor last year: I had them since they were young.”

The team’s roster, gathered from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas, played together as a team against Team Georgia, in Stout’s words.

There’s no individuality,” said Stout in response to what he believes this group’s strengths are. “They play like a cohesive unit. Individuals play the game, but teams win championships. We just don’t put up with any selfishness.”

Tuesday afternoon’s victory came in spite of the absence of two top players, one who was fighting an illness and the other who had an injury.

In fact, they’re our number three and four hitters in the batting order,” Stout noted. “As far as who’s done well, truthfully there’s not a kid on the team that hasn’t done well. You saw our nine-hole hitter, Jacob Parrot, hit a home run today. I can’t really single one guy out.”

After this tournament, Stout’s team will continue its summer plans in Fort Myers, Fla., at the 2012 14u BCS Finals in July as well as a return trip to Georgia later that month for the 2012 14u Perfect Game World Series.

Perfect Game does a great job,” Stout said. “That’s why we come out here. It’s a long haul from Dallas, Texas, but we come out to do as many of them as we can because they do it right. We appreciate what they do for the game, but most importantly, what they do for the kids."

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