Elite will kick off the double-elimination tournament, which concludes Sunday, against the Detroit Bees at 7:30 p.m.
“I’m not going to say we’re go-ing to win it, but we’re going to compete and hopefully bring it home,” Elite Gamers coach Chuck Turner said. “There are going to be some good teams in this tourna-ment.”
The Georgia Yard Dogs out of Decatur are the only other local team in the mix and the other six are coming from Puerto Rico, Detroit (two clubs), Ohio, New York and New Mexico.
“Puerto Rico is not going to come with nothing,” Turner said. “You don’t come that far with nothing. I believe we will compete with these teams if we just do what we’re supposed to do.”
That means the Elite Gamers will have to focus on throwing strikes and fielding the ball prop-erly.
“Our pitching and defense is the key to our success,” Turner said. “We’re not going to hit 10 home runs but we are going to put the ball in play.”
The young arms Turner will be depending on are those of Gavin Braland, Jamie Howz and Jackson Babb.
If the Elite Gamers defeat the Bees, they will face the winner of the other bracket on Friday at noon. Elite would have to play close to six games for a chance to win the World Series.
“I might shave my head if we win,” Turner said.
The forecast for Thursday’s opening round is 88 degrees with just a 20 percent chance of rain.