Top youth baseball players converge for the World Series
Let the games begin! Star baseball players from Newton County, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia came together Friday night in downtown Covington for the Dixie Boys World Series opening ceremony. The 12-team baseball tournament will take place through Wednesday at the City Pond Park Complex. This it the fifth year Newton County has played host to the national championship.
The highly-anticipated start to the 2012 Dixie Boys World Series briefly ended Saturday.
The event, hosted by City Pond Park, was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but was delayed to a 4 p.m. start time for the first two games, pitting North Carolina and South Carolina and Arkansas and Louisiana against each other.
However, as both games were in the third inning (Arkansas was up 4-1 and North Carolina 5-3) another storm rolled through Newton County, suspending play shortly after 5 p.m.
Play was then pushed back to today, with the tournament schedule moving back a day as well.
Unless there is another day of bad weather, the championship game is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, rather than Wednesday.
(Top left) Rain poured on the fields of City Pond Park Saturday forcing the 2012 Dixie Boys World Series to be pushed back a day. (Top right) The North Carolina team embraces Trey Jacobs in a celebration at home plate after his 3-run home run made the score 5-3 before play was suspended until today at 11 a.m. (Above) Louisiana’s pitcher throws to the mound during Saturday’s Series’ opener.