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Vir­ginia, but were able to play in front of crowds, not be­fore seen by the young­sters rep­re­sent­ing the home county.

“It was a big crowd,” Braswell said. “Ev­ery­body comes to the games. Be­sides play­ing the state tour­na­ment and get­ting deep into the state tour­na­ment in high school, they were some of the big­gest crowds you get to play in front of.”

As the Dixie Boys World Se­ries re­turns to New­ton County be­gin­ning Fri­day, Braswell won’t be able to play in front of those big crowds, but will still be there four years later.

This time, he will be one of the spec­ta­tors root­ing on New­ton County and the rest of the young­sters who have dreamed of reach­ing this level much like he once did.

“It was fun,” Braswell said. “It felt good to be play­ing in it, es­pe­cially be­ing in your home town with ev­ery­body be­ing able to come out and see you.”

The 2012 Dixie Boys World Se­ries be­gins Fri­day with a ban­quet and open­ing cer­e­monies in the Cov­ing­ton square.

North Carolina and South Carolina, along with Louisiana and Ar­kan­sas kick things off on the field against each other with games at 1 p.m. Satur­day.

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