Dixie Boys arrive

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Tommy Hai­ley de­scribed him­self as a kid at Christ­mas time.

Count to­day, then, as Christ­mas Eve and Satur­day as the big day it­self.

Di­rec­tor Hai­ley and his staff at the New­ton County Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion have been hard at work pre­par­ing for the 2012 Dixie Boys World Se­ries, and its ar­rival is fi­nally here.

The 11 teams from all over the South­east, in­clud­ing the New­ton County rep­re­sen­ta­tives, be­gin re­port­ing in this morn­ing with a banquet start­ing this evening at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re ready to play ball right now,” Hai­ley said.

The fields at City Pond Park, which will host the world se­ries for the fifth time since 1993, are a vi­brant green, the foul line have been painted Thurs­day and tents and signs adorn the com­plex.

“We don’t like to push things to the last minute,” Hai­ley said. “The field is look­ing good and all the stuffed has been moved out to the park.”

The NCRC staff has been busy mow­ing the fields al­most daily — due to the heavy fer­til­iza­tion they have been re­ceiv­ing — weed­ing the flower beds near the walk­ways, stock­ing the park with do­nated Coca Cola prod­ucts and set­ting up the banquet hall.

“We’re in good shape,” Hai­ley said. “The guys have worked hard, we have a great group of kids and peo­ple work­ing with us…com­ing in at 7 a.m. and leav­ing at 4 p.m.” Par­tic­i­pat­ing teams, 2B

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

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