For the first time, a Midland softball team will step up to bat at a National Pitching Tournament.
The Mizuno Chaos will compete with 23 other teams from around the U.S. in the Under 14 Fastpitch Tournament next weekend in Kileen.
The team placed fourth in the state last month in Denton and that earned them a spot in the National competition.
First-year coach Tony Ramos has high hopes for his team and believes they can overcome the pressure that comes with competing on such a high level.
"in the beginning of the year, we were off to a slow start. I think the girls have really improved and done a great job, we've progressed each day in practice and gotten better. Pressure is something we talk about year-round. We're just going in with the approach that it's just another tournament and we're going to keep things simple and play like we've been doing," Ramos said.
"Yeah, everybody get's nervous but it'll all go away whenever we get there," Mizuno Chaos Pitcher, Maddy Garcia, said.
The tournament gets underway this Thursday at the Lions Club Park in Kileen and the championship game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.