Sports Spotlight: Nick Woodbury
October 8, 2018
The player has a confident stride as he heads towards first base. You can feel the excitement buzzing through the air; the breathless suspense of the watching spectators. Going to 2018 Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was a big event for sophomore Nick Woodbury.
Little League World Series is a baseball tournament between sixteen teams, eight of which are from the United States, the other eight are from other countries. Woodbury plays for CAYSA, Capital Area Youth Sports Association, a team located in Lansing. The players on Woodbury’s team come from all over the lower region of Michigan.
Woodbury is proud of what he and his team have accomplished. They have grown together as a team and enjoyed the challenges that brought them to the World Series for two years in a row.
“We were all excited because it was a lot of fun last year,” said Woodbury. “It was cool, but since we went there last year, we knew what to expect.’’
It can be hectic and sometimes intimidating at the World Series, but that did not faze Woodbury or his team. They knew how things worked at Worlds and they went with the flow.
“You get there, and then there’s a skills competition at the beginning, and the next day all the teams just play, ” Woodbury said. “Last year it was in Indiana, and since there are more teams in this area, it was bigger this year.”
Woodbury and his team had been preparing for Worlds since January. They put in the time and effort needed to place third, an extremely big accomplishment for a team of only 16 players.
Woodbury and his team worked hard to be the best, and that effort paid off.