The Parkwood Bruins 17U All Stars, a team comprised of several top baseball players from Metro Nashville schools, are heading to the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series on July 27.
“The journey has been pretty nice,” co-head coach Edward Jakaway said. “We all came together from all the schools around Metro in Nashville and coach (Thomas) Sherrell picked a nice group. He went for positive kids and parents and that’s what we ended up with. We had a nice season, we only lost one game and after that we went to state.”
The Bruins, who play at Parkwood Community Club in Nashville, lost their first game in the state tournament, but rebounded with an offensive outburst in the next few games, advancing to the final where they earned a 6-4 win to claim the Tennessee state championship.
“At state, we lost the first game 6-3 and left 13 on base,” Jakaway added. “We knew we could play better. The next two games after that, we scored 37 runs and won the state championship to go to the World Series. Each game I’ve seen the team grow. This will make our second year in a row getting to the World Series. We had five teams in the state we had to beat to get there.”
Parkwood’s tournament opener will be on Saturday, July 27 against the state champion from Arkansas at 1 p.m. Should the Bruins win, they will play the winner of Georgia versus South Carolina on Sunday, but a loss will drop them to the loser’s bracket game against the loser of that game.
“All these kids work jobs and still find time to practice,” Jakaway said. “They’re dedicated and if we practice all the way until the 26thwhen we leave, I feel like we have a really good shot. Last year, we came in third. This year, I really think we’ve got a good chance to win it this year.
“They’re a really good group of kids. They could be anywhere else in Nashville doing anything else, but they’re here and practicing to get better.”
The team started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the World Series trip to Louisiana, which can be found at www.gofundme.com/parkwood-bruins-allstars-world-series-fundraiser.For more information about fundraising you can also email PWoodbaseball2@gmail.com.
“Our main goal is to get everyone there, including the parents,” Jakaway said. “We have some dedicated parents that are here at every game and every practice, they bring water and we really would love to get them there too so they can support their kids.”
The Parkwood Bruins are comprised of: Sean Ladd, Kenny Ross and Korey Andrews (Cane Ridge), Justin Walker Jr. (Maplewood), Jalony Stephens and Ethan Hackney (Stratford), De’Shawn Campbell and Jalen Knight (East Nashville), Traves Lewis (Pearl-Cohn), Jonquez Giddens (RePublic), Peishence Davis (Whites Creek), Tuane Cope (Overton), James Smith lll (Hume-Fogg), Hizer Gould (Westmoreland), Jonathan Estrada (Gallatin) and Wesley Dobbs (home schooled).