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Youth baseball team plays Wiffle ball with Wolfpack in Omaha

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Members of a Colorado youth baseball team played Wiffle ball with N.C. State's Logan Ratledge and Jake Armstrong. Members of a Colorado youth baseball team played Wiffle ball with N.C. State's Logan Ratledge and Jake Armstrong.
OMAHA, Neb. -

Ahead of the Wolfpack's first College World Series game in 45 years, second baseman Logan Ratledge and designated hitter Jake Armstrong were caught playing a pick-up game of Wiffle ball with a youth baseball team Thursday evening.

Ratledge (6) and Armstrong (23) played a game of Wiffle ball in from of the team's hotel with an 11u youth baseball team from Colorado.

"I was in my hotel room looking out the window last night and saw two of my infielders playing Wiffle ball with a little league team from Colorado," N.C. State Coach Elliott Avent said during a press conference Friday."They were really into it. I mean, it was intense.

"I watched from my room for about 10 minutes, then went downstairs and watched from the front lawn of the hotel. They were really getting after each other.

"And it was instructive for me because I learned that one of my infielders might hit better lefthanded than righthanded. I never knew that. He really smoked a Wiffle ball hitting lefthanded."

N.C. State plays UNC Sunday at 3 p.m. It is the Pack's first trip to the College World Series since 1968, when State eventually lost to the University of Southern California, who went on to win the tournament.

"We're happy to change our designation from the only Wolfpack team to go to the College World Series to the first team to go," said Alex Cheek, a pitcher on the 1968 team, after Sunday's game.

The Pack sealed the berth with a dramatic 5-4 win over Rice in the 17th inning of the Raleigh Super Regional – it was the longest super regional game in NCAA history.

When N.C. State and UNC last met, the Tar Heels won 2-1 in 18 innings over Memorial Day weekend in the longest game in Atlantic Coast Conference tournament history.

N.C. State coach Elliott Avent has 648 wins in his 17 seasons and became the program's winningest coach in 2010, passing Sam Esposito -- the coach who led the 1968 team to its only previous College World Series.

It will be UNC's sixth trip to the College World Series in eight years.

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