curs at least annually in Covington was jawdropping to this firsttime viewer, as it brought me back — as corny as it sounds — to a time when people didn’t have to worry about the struggling economy, the latest Twitter trends, retirement plans or traffic.
Another feature of the opening ceremony brought out the camaraderie between teammates along with teams mingling among others from each of the 11 represented states.
I remembered back to soccer and basketball tournaments I participated in when, when you were older, you got to meet some of the best players in the state or country. One of the last basketball tournaments I was in, I remembered immediately noticing players who I knew were the best from their area and later saw them starring in college. When I was younger, each teammate would be eager to play a new team in that particular tournament to see where they were from and add their patch to our collections.
And this is exactly what is happening at the Dixie Boys World Series.
There are no patches being exchanged, but players from Newton County are getting to see stars from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and so on. It’s something they will remember and keep track of throughout the MLB draft in four or five years.
Many of the players who may one day adorn a major league roster could be one of the several pitchers leading their teams at City Pond Park.
Every time the MLB playoffs come around, you constantly hear how pitching is key.
Heck, the Braves have 14 divisional banners thanks to the arms of Greg Maddox, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. And it’s plain to see that at every level of baseball, the adage about pitching holds true. The top teams going through the bracket at the Dixie Boys World Series are doing it behind pitching. Texas shut down Newton County behind the dazzling performance of pitcher Chris Booth.
And Newton was making its way back through the elimination bracket thanks what I feel is the deepest rotation in the 2012 World Series. As the event enters its final days with the championship slated for today at the earliest, it’s nice to see that things stay true in big-time tournaments.
The tried-and-true keys, such as pitching in baseball, never change; sports are still a great venue for camaraderie and there’s nothing as American besides apple pie than America’s favorite pastime — baseball.
Austin Taylor throws a pitch during Newton County's opening game against Texas on Sunday. Newton County lost 4-1 but fought back to reach the semifinals.