A youth softball squad comprised of 5- and 6-year-olds, the Lake Jackson Elite 6U team just went through a 37-4 overall season, winning four tournaments and getting second in two more.
It was a team comprised mostly of players from Lake Jackson, Clute and Richwood who bonded well under the direction of manager Kyle Nairn.
“I’ve never met a group of 5 and 6-year-olds who love softball as much as they do,” Nairn said. “All of them ask for practice and they would play every day if they could. If we could go out right now, all of them would get in the rain and play. These girls and their parents are super committed and love to play the game of softball.”
During the all-star season, the Elite 6U won the USSSA State Championship tournament in addition to the District 27 Championship, Diamond Duel and the Angleton Road to State tournament. The Elite 6U placed second in the USA Softball of Texas State tourney along with the Memorial Day Madness.
Nairn and assistant coaches Tom Cook, David McGrael and Echo Coe worked with a majority of the group for the past 18 months. Eight of the 11 girls on the Elite team came from Nairn’s Lake Jackson Softball Association squad, picking up just three players for the all-star season.
Nairn wasn’t surprised by what he saw of the Elite 6U on the field, but he was pleased with their progress.
“Our defense for a 6-year-old team was top of the line,” Nairn said. “Normally in 6U there are one or two players that can maybe catch the ball and throw an out at first base. But with our defense, there were at least five or six players who could do that. And even with our outfield, who during the season made a couple of double plays. In 6U, everyone has an offense, but not everyone has a defense. The way they worked together that is probably the No. 1 thing that I was most proud of.”
Offensively, the Elite 6U averaged 15 runs a game, holding opponents to just seven runs a game.
For now, Nairn and company will enjoy the rest of this summer and the fall with these 11 all-stars before they go back into the draft come spring 2020.
“We will keep them together, but once spring comes around they will be redrafted,” Nairn said. “This group will play fall ball together, moving up to 8U and then next spring go into the draft at the Lake Jackson Girls Softball Association to join other teams.”