Local Athlete Cane Mehling of Carolina Beach Chosen to Participate in the 2018 12U National Open

Local Athlete Cane Mehling of Carolina Beach Chosen to Participate in the 2018 12U National Open

By / Local Sports / الأربعاء, 08 آب/أغسطس 2018 14:18

Cane Mehling, a 12 year old from Carolina Beach just returned to the island after a 3 day tryout for the 12U Team USA National Team.  You may know Cane from seeing him around the baseball fields in Carolina and Kure Beach, some say he lives there and you can always see him  hitting baseballs.  He works extremely hard and loves the game baseball. 
The process started in February with USA Baseball holding 32 Identification Events around the country. These events lasted thru June.  From the Identification Events 112 players were selected to compete for 18 final roster spots for the the 2018/2019 12U Team USA National Team. 
Cane was selected as 1 of the 112.  Cane, along with his mom and dad accepted the invitation to compete at the National Open Event in Valencia, California.  It was a tremendous opportunity to put his skills and abilities up against some of the best kids in the country.  Cane was ready.  The first part of the tryout was individual evaluations, then a 4 game tournament.  The 112 kids were divided into 8 teams.  Cane played very well all week, swung the bat with confidence and finished the week with a .333 batting average, and 9 putouts from both the outfield and infield.  If the ball was in the air, Cane was underneath it, on the ground he was in front of it.  He was ready for the moment. 
On Wednesday, at the conclusion of the games, Team USA announced the group of players that would be moving on.  Cane did not hear his name called.  He was not upset, but very disappointed.  He handled it well.  Cane left it all on the field in California, but this time he came up short of his goal.  He has no regrets and everything to be proud of.  He gave max effort, despite 110 degree weather.  This small set back will only serve as future motivation for the young ball player.  You can bet you will be seeing more of "Sugar" Cane at fields working harder than ever,  ready for the next opportunity.

Author

Super User

Super User

Carolina Beach North Carolina

Partly cloudy
80°F
NE at 18 mph /76%
Wednesday
71°F / 84°F
Thursday
74°F / 82°F
Friday
75°F / 83°F

 

 

 

 

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.