by Lucas Treat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cherokee, IA - One of Cherokee's own will be playing in the College World Series this year and everyone is making plans to head down to Omaha.
"It's a tough thing. I'm still trying to get tickets there."
Life for Cody Ege is moving faster than a major league fastball – first he played a waiting game – the MLB Draft.
"You're just so nervous cause you're worried about him, his sisters are texting me, people are calling you, and until it happens you don't know." said his stepfather Jayme Messerole.
"Then we got the call and it was just something he's been looking forward to and as the older brother it's a dream come true for the both of us." said his brother Cory Ege.
The Texas Rangers came calling in the 15th round. Cody then had to focus on punching Lousiville's ticket to the College World Series against number two Vanderbilt.
"I'm sitting there cheering and yelling at the TV, jumping out of my seat when he's striking people out with the slider. It's dirty." Former teammate Matthew Boothby.
Cody and the Cardinals took both games against the Commodores clinching his destiny in Omaha. His high school teammates couldn't be more proud.
"It feels like all of our hard work paid off since one of us made the big leagues." Former teammate Tim Jones said.
"You grow up watching the College World Series and now going there, watching one of my friends play in it – it's going to be a once in a lifetime experience." Former teammate Michael Boothby said.
"It was always my dream for one of my kids to make it to the College World Series. It was a dream of mine for one of them to sign a big league contract. Here it is and I can't describe the feeling." said his father John Ege.
The small town of Cherokee is buzzing with excitement. Whether you're a baseball fan or not, you're now a Louisville Cardinals fan."
"Everywhere you go people are talking about it. I think there's a good Louisville Cardinals following here in the small town of Cherokee, Iowa." Cherokee baseball coach Scott Koch said.
"There's a lot of people who come up to me and congratulate me and some people talk about him and don't know I'm his mom. I'm very proud of him and how hard he's worked." said his mother Barb Messerole.
"We've always talked about going to a College World Series game. As a family, we'd drive by and we'd say one day one of our kids are going to play there. And it happened." said his stepfather Jayme Messerole.