Taylor#039;s Minors face Highland Home in tourney opener

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2005

Keith Taylor has coached in a number of all-star games before today.

He's had an opportunity

to coach his son, Chip, in the Dixie Minors league in Greenville. Now Taylor gets to coach his son, who is part of the Dixie Minors All-Stars, and his all-star team in the opening round of the sub-district tournament in Brantley today.

The Greenville all-stars face Highland Home at 6 p.m. today.

The winner of that game would then play at 8 p.m. Tuesday .

This is the first year that Taylor has coached 9 and 10 year olds. So he has had to adjust his coaching style because of the age group he is coaching.

"You can't be as hard on this age bunch as you can be with an older group," Taylor said. "But I have pushed them some, and they have not wilted at all. They want to win."

But this is also the first year that Taylor has had an opportunity to coach his son. He said that his coaching style also had to change when Chip joined his team.

"I think it's a little easier to coach a team when you don't have one of your own on your team," he said. "But I make sure that I treat Chip just like the other 12 boys out there."

Taylor said he likes his team's chances in the sub-district tournament, but wouldn't say right out that he would bring home a sub-district title.

"I think they are going to do well," he said. "I knew this group would be good two years ago when they were playing Mite League ball."

Taylor said he was still up in the air as to which of his players will toe the pitching rubber in today's game against Highland Home.

"I think it's going to be a game-time decision," he said.