Dixie Youth 8U wheel pitch headed to World Series!
by Halei Lamb | July 11, 2018 2:13 pm
More than 5,000 teams began Dixie Youth tournament play in July. It is no small achievement that our team will join 10 other state champions and host team Lumberton, North Carolina, to play in the 5th Annual Dixie Youth Machine Pitch World Series.
The team punched its ticket to the World Series last week after playing their state tournament in Cochran. They went 5-3, playing Crawford (6-4, 15-4), Taylor (10-1), Irwin (6-0), Perry (16-15), Bleckley County (7-1), and Jones County – Purple (6-3, 7-1). With the tournament win, Swainsboro became state champions and earned the right to represent the Peach State in the World Series two weeks from now.
Slated for July 27-31, 2018, the World Series will be played at Northeast Park at the Pennington Athletic Complex. Swainsboro/Team Georgia will take on Alabama on Friday, July 27, at 3 p.m. before matching up with South Carolina at 12 p.m. Saturday.
For those who want to travel to support the boys, the address to the park is 900 Meadow Road, Lumberton, North Carolina 28358. If traveling isn’t an option, don’t worry—you can still support! In an effort to reach their financial goal of $15,000 to offset some of the costs associated with the trip, the boys will be hosting a chicken plate dinner on Friday, July 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Dixie Youth fields. Plates will be $8 each.
“We want to thank all of these boys for their hard work and make sure they know how proud we are of them! No matter how stressed we are with work or just having a bad day, when we are out on the field with the boys, we forget about it all. It’s like therapy for us most of the time. We are having just as much fun as they are, if not more. This is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often and we are all thankful and blessed to be a part of it,” said coach Lincoln Kettles.
Team members are Karson Kettles, Knoxx Lumley, Jace Farmer, Brody Newsome, Landon Lumpkin, Paxton Dixon, Ayden Bishop, Jacob Hughes, Landon Claxton, Nathaniel Loyd, Levi Hall, and Cannon Smith. They are coached by Chesley Dixon, Lincoln Kettles, Jason Farmer, and Ronnie Newsome.