Defending champs see baseball field as a haven

Despite the early setback, Jefferson Parish is maintaining the confidence level of a team that has been through the war before and won.

"We're not worried about (being the target). We'll just keep playing the way we've played the last two years," said Katz.

"I think the kids are pretty resilient," said Babin. "I think they want to win this because no 14-year-old team has ever repeated as a 15-year-old champion, more than they want to do it for Katrina. We have a lot of people back home that are really pulling for us, and I think for the people back home, it's a good diversion from the everyday Katrina misery that you have to face day in and day out in New Orleans. I know the kids want to win for them, but I think they want to win more for the repeat.""

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