Locals heading to Raleigh for State Games

The 29th annual Powerade State Games kicked off in Raleigh Wednesday afternoon, with two local baseball coaches raring to go.

Denny Key of Forbush and Nick Tomlin of Elkin are coaching for what promises to be an exciting experience.

“It’s a great event that is exciting for the players and fun to watch for the coaches because of the level of play,” Key said. “For the players, they have to remember someone is always watching and at no time during their young careers is their demeanor, attitude, and hustle more scrutinized than this weekend each year.”

Alongside Key is Tyler Campbell. Campbell will have the opportunity to perform in front of scouts and coaches from about 100 different schools in North and South Carolina, as well as Virginia.

Joining Key in local coaches is Elkin’s Nick Tomlin. In his first year as the head coach, his Buckin’ Elks made it to the Final Four of the 1A tournament, the farthest the team has ever gone in history.

“We are looking to promote the kids for their futures, have a lot of fun, and hopefully compete at a high level,” Tomlin said.

While the games started Wednesday, the opening ceremonies for the Powerade State Games will be held on Friday at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. All events are tentatively scheduled to begin at 5 p.m, and also will include a Guinness World Record Attempt.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

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