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Little leaguers take over Chapmanville, Wv. for State Tournament

Little leaguers take over Chapmanville, WV for State Tournament

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CHAPMANVILLE, Wv. - The best young baseball players from around West Virginia are descending on Chapmanville.

Players spent time playing games other than baseball with their opponents at the opening festivities, before they get down to business on Friday.

The players from the Beckley "Gold" say they plan on having fun in the coming week, but they came to Chapmanville to win.

They have put a lot of time and effort into this.

"Three hours a day. Fielding and hitting," says Jayden Gieseking, 11, who plays for Beckley.

Their parents have put time, effort, and money into this.

"It's probably about a $1,000 week," says Kevin Hurt, who drove from Martinsburg to watch his son's team compete. "Between hotel and gas, getting to and from the game, eating out everyday, and little events here and there, like going to the parks and whatever."

City and county officials say that makes a difference.

When the teams leave, the money stays.

Casey Johnson says money is not as much of a stress as making sure no one gets left at a rest stop.

"It depends on how many kids you have. I've got five," says Ms. Johnson. "It takes a little more to get them all ready and in the car, but we get here."

You may consider it rare for an 11-year-old to understand what the parents go through.

Parents may take some comfort in hearing from Gieseking, who says he is well aware of what the parents of the twelve Beckley players do to make weeks like this one happen.

"They're always the first people to be there for us. I mean, look at our cars," says Gieseking as he points at a row of cars painted up and down with names of players and coaches as well as words of encouragement.