Troup County’s Ryan Bliss to compete for spot on Team USA
Ryan Bliss is used to feeling the pressure. He’s a junior on the Troup County baseball team who’s been recruited by many division one schools. But a few weeks ago, the pressure he felt was a little different.
"It was probably the most nervous thing I’ve ever been through," Bliss said.
Bliss was waiting to see if he earned a spot in the tournament of stars. It’s a national event that features the top one hundred or so baseball players from around the country. Back in August, he was one of 1,300 hundred kids to try out, the odds of making it, were pretty slim.
"I was kind of nervous going in," he said. "I was just like, what if I don’t make it, I know it’s a bunch of kids that would like to make the team but I really didn’t think about it when I played. I just said I’m gonna play and do what I do."
He did and it paid off. During a live announcement, Bliss was one of six kids who’s dream of making it to the next stage came true.
"The whole situation was just so surreal. I was just so blessed to be able to see my name come across the screen and to know I can be a part of the U.S. National team one day."
He’ll have the chance to do that next summer when he joins more than 100 players as they vie for 20 spots on the 18-U national roster. He beat the odds before and is determined to beat the odds again.
"I think I can," he laughed. "I hope I can, I’m gonna be working toward that so that’s the goal and hopefully get better and meet new people and make new friends and just to have fun. That’s basically what this game is about."
The next few months will be a challenge but he says it’ll all be worth it.
"I know it’s gonna be hard competing against the best kids in the nation," Bliss said. "I know I’m gonna go out there and do what I can do so I’m gonna work with my coaches and everybody who helps me, I’m just gonna continue to work."
The tournament of stars will take place next summer with the USA team selection to follow.