Top youth base­ball play­ers con­verge for the World Se­ries

The Covington News - - Front page - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

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.

Pho­tos by Dar­rell Everidge /The Cov­ing­ton News

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

(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.


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