ANDERSON, Ind. —
“I know the four girls that were there last year want to go back,” Kelley said. “It’s unbelievable what Little League does at that level. It’s really the pinnacle of youth sports, of youth softball.
“For me as the manager, it’s a lot of pressure. You have to satisfy a group of parents and children not only on the field, but you have to make sure everybody understands the same goal, and that is you have to win the state tournament.”
And because of last year’s success, Kelley also admitted that anything short of another trip to Portland in August for the World Series would be a bit of a letdown, but for now, all he wants his girls thinking about is doing their job in Lebanon.
“I’m sure if we lose at the state tournament or even get to the regionals and lose, it’ll be a huge disappointment, but we’ve already accomplished a lot,” Kelley said. “We’ve got to keep our focus in that we’ve got to play one game at a time, and you can’t go anywhere unless you win the state championship.”