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.