Tal­ent ga­lore at City Pond

New­ton County ath­letes gear­ing forWorld Se­ries

The Covington News - - Sports - By Eric R. Wal­lace

Three weeks into the sea­son and it’s live at City Pond Park.

Af­ter all, this is New­ton County Re­cre­ation base­ball, with all the lit­tle tykes suit­ing up to show their mom­mies and dad­dies how they have grown to be solid, com­pet­i­tive ath­letes.

Ath­letic su­per­vi­sor and Lit­tle League di­rec­tor, Ricky Vaughn, is very ex­cited about the num­ber of young­sters who signed up this sea­son.

“We’re glad to see our num­bers in­crease ev­ery year,” Vaughn said. “We’ve got some tal­ented kids with us this sea­son. Not to say we haven’t al­ways had tal­ent out here, but I’m re­ally im­pressed with what we have this sea­son.”

There’s no doubt about it — the Dixie Boys are thor­oughly ex­cited, get­ting ready to par­tic­i­pate in the World Se­ries hosted at City Pond start­ing the first week­end of Au­gust. It will last for five days to de­ter­mine a cham­pion.

“We should do very well at the World Se­ries in all cat­ego- ries with the strong pitch­ing we have,” Vaughn said.

Pitch­ing has been the strong point thus far, with the 11-12 year old Ma­jor League’s Yan­kee hurler Devin McDon­ald. The Ath­let­ics’ James Rus­sell is an­other stand­out on the mound in the ma­jors, along with Allen Bowen who comes off the hill for the Di­a­mond­backs.

The Dixie Boys League is loaded with tal­ented lum­ber­jacks, led by the Yan­kees’ Austin Fuller, who is known for his tow­er­ing, record-break­ing long balls.

Dusty Daniels, who isn’t far be­hind Fuller when it comes

to jack­ing balls out of the yard, is an­other gifted ath­lete who graces the well-man­i­cured base­ball di­a­mond at City Pond.

And the younger di­vi­sions cer­tainly aren’t lack­ing when it comes to pitch­ing and hit­ting, par­tic­u­larly in the Mi­nor League. They are led by power pitcher Gray Richie of the Rangers, Hunter Phillips of the Mariners, Ah­mad Aikens of the Ath­let­ics and Madi­son Earnest of the Astros.

Even the Pee-Wee League boasts ex­quis­ite tal­ent. It in­cludes Zach Lis­ter of the Brew­ers, T. J. Wil­son and Ja­cob Spivey of the Rangers and Carter Kirk­patrick of the Phillies.

Spivey is the home run king of the Pee­Wee League, and con­tin­ues to ride the fence even to this day.

Be­fore it’s here and gone, get out and catch the ex­cit­ing ac­tion go­ing on at City Pond.

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