The season has come to an end for Washington’s FCA 14-U baseball team, located just outside of Seattle in Bothell, Wash. But they are already looking forward to what the 2013 season holds. Quite the change from one season earlier, when the team was in desperate need of more players and a coach.
“When I took the coaching position for the FCA baseball team I had only been married five months and had just quit my job to pursue coaching, something that I felt God wanted me to do,” explained head coach Jordan Lettau. “So it was all extremely new and kind of scary at first.”
The Washington State Select Baseball League (WSSBL) is a competitive, organized, and widely recognized league for top-level young baseball players. It’s also part of the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), which does not include recreational or first-year teams. When the FCA 14-U team basically started from scratch in the 2012 season, many debated whether they should even be allowed to play in the WSSBL.
“At the time our team had a bad reputation and a lot of improvements that needed to be made,” Lettau said. “So during the offseason we worked hard! We practiced in the rain, in the snow, had hitting practice 2-3 times a week. This was nothing out of the ordinary for teams in the WSSBL and the boys knew that. So we just continued to work hard and set our goals high for when the season rolled around.”
The team ended the season with a 32-15 record and made it to the Sandy Koufax World Series, losing in the final two games of the tournament. Even though they didn’t win the tournament, Coach Lettau and the team celebrated their “Cinderella season.”
“This was a great group of boys who love baseball and the Lord,” said Lettau. “And as they continue to grow together on the field and in their faith I can’t wait to see what the Lord will do with the team next season!”