Fire­works open Se­ries

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

The 2012 Dixie Boys World Se­ries started off with a roar and a bang as the Cov­ing­ton square hosted the games’ open­ing cer­e­monies Fri­day evening.

Be­fore play be­gan at 4 p.m. Satur­day, each team was rec­og­nized and hon­ored by New­ton County Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion Di­rec­tor Tommy Hai­ley and di­rec­tors of Dixie Boys.

Af­ter an in­vo­ca­tion, each of the 12 teams were brought up on stage to cheers and theme songs such as “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Give Me Three Steps,” “Cot­ton Eyed Joe,” “Tak­ing Care of Busi­ness,” “God Bless Texas” and oth­ers.

With the play­ers seated af­ter hav­ing a mo­ment in front of the crowd of more than 100 vis­i­tors to the square, Dixie Boys Com­mis­sioner

Sandy Jones pre­sented a schol­ar­ship to for­mer Al­covy and Dixie Boys’ stand­out Bowen Braswell.

“It means a lot,” Braswell said. “It feels good to get it in front of my home­town. It can’t get any bet­ter than this.”

Braswell wasn’t the only lo­cal hon­oree, with an­other New­ton County stand­out solemnly rec­og­nized.

On the open­ing cer­e­mony’s stage, set up in front of the Cov­ing­ton Court­house, it was an­nounced the 2012 Dixie Boys World Se­ries will be played in honor of Trevor Bai­ley.

Bai­ley passed away on Oct. 22, 2011 af­ter a life filled with ath­letic achieve­ment.

He was not only a for­mer Dixie Boys player but also a mem­ber of East­side’s base­ball and wrestling team, where he was a state cham­pion and one of Ge­or­gia’s best wrestlers.

Hai­ley pre­sented Trevor’s fam­ily, fa­ther Tins­ley, mother Stephanie and brother, Tyler a mounted base­ball bat to a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter the acro­nym “Through Re­lent­less Ef­forts, Vic­to­ri­ous Out­come is Reached” was an­nounced.

“The community has blessed us in so many ways,” Tins­ley Bai­ley said. “It is just un­be­liev­able; I’m at a loss for words.”

Af­ter the somber mo­ment, var­i­ous politi­cians at­tend­ing the cer­e­monies were rec­og­nized, in­clud­ing New­ton County Chair­man Kathy Mor­gan and Cov­ing- ton Mayor Randy John­son.

The na­tional an­them was then sung and the crowd parted fol­low­ing a fire­work dis­play over the New­ton County Court­house.

“It is a good feel­ing,” Alabama player Tan­ner Blatt said. “We’re hop­ing to come out and win. We’re ready to come out and play and show what we’ve got.”

Dar­rell Everidge /The Cov­ing­ton News

The New­ton County team was in­tro­duced dur­ing Fri­day night’s 2012 Dixie Boys World Se­ries open­ing cer­e­monies.

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

A South Carolina player is caught in a pickle be­tween first and sec­ond base by South Carolina play­ers Satur­day.

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

The open­ers of the 2012 Dixie Boys World Se­ries was sus­pended un­til to­day.

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