Dixie Boys World Se­ries high­lights

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

Ma­jor League Base­ball All-Stars Buster Posey, J.D. Drew, Mike Hamp­ton and Juan Pierre all had their first taste of the spot­light dur­ing the Dixie Boys World Se­ries, giv­ing base­ball fans their first sights of the fu­ture of base­ball when they were just 13 and 14 years old.

Last week, there was a new gen­er­a­tion of play­ers who gave New­ton County res­i­dents their first look at what may be a fu­ture MLB player or two as the 2012 Dixie Boys World Se­ries put on a show from Sun­day through Wed­nes­day at City Pond Park.

The big­gest high­light of the event, hosted for the fifth time by the New­ton County Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion, was the host team, the New­ton County AllStars, com­ing back from the brink of elim­i­na­tion to play in the cham­pi­onship game against Ge­or­gia’s World Se­ries’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive. But the World Se­ries fea­tured sev­eral other key games, mo­ments and play­ers to stand out in the mem­o­ries of those who at­tended the 12-team tour­na­ment.

But of course, the play­ers cre­ated the most buzz, led by Ge­or­gia’s Chan­dler Dele­vie. Ge­or­gia’s first base­man led the World Se­ries’ field with four home runs, 17 runs bat­ted in and 26 to­tal bases. New­ton County’s Nick Womack was sec­ond with three home runs fol­lowed by a bevy of play­ers with two.

A Ge­or­gia player also led the World Se­ries pitch­ers as Drew Reeves tal­lied the most strike­outs, with 20, in­clud­ing nine look­ing, was one of four play­ers with two wins and had the most in­nings pitched with 13.

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