it will be their last chances to play recreation baseball when they begin the tournament against Mississippi.
But until then, Callaway and assistant coaches Chris Middlebrooks and Gary Thompson are focused on installing a particular mindset in the team to get them ready for this huge opportunity.
“There are two things you control in baseball and that’s attitude and hustle,” Callaway said, “So we go out there and practice hard.”
He also noted that the unity in the Newton County baseball scene is a strength for his team entering the tournament.
“Most of these kids have played together since they were five and six,” he said. “You can be good with individual talent across the board, but if you want to be great, you have to be a team player and play for each oth- er instead of for yourself.”
Coach Callaway also wanted to shout out the other Newton County team in the state tournament that was a blend of 13 and 14 year old players. “They were preparing for next year while also giving some 14-year old’s that weren’t on the top team a chance to play.”
The Newton County Dixie Boys will play in the tournament kickoff game vs Mississippi on August 5 at 1 p.m. where a win would see them play the winner of Florida vs. Alabama.