Center Roughrider 10U Dixie Youth Baseball team is World Series Bound
Back in July when Dixie Youth tournament play began there were over 5,000 all-star teams competing across the nation in the 10U division. Now with less than a week to go before the Dixie Youth World Series Tournament, there are only 12 teams, and one of those teams hails from Center, Texas.
Coached by Robby Dubea, Larry Horn and Brian Horton, the Center Roughrider 10U Dixie Youth baseball team has achieved their goal of becoming the 10U State Champions here in Texas.
Center’s journey to a state championship began after becoming the victor of the Texas Dixie League South Regional Tournament. Longview took top honors in the North Regional Tournament leading to a faceoff between these two extremely talented ball clubs.
Center emerged victorious after winning the first two games of a best-of-three series against the Lobos. Not only did they take the first two games, they did so while Longview held the key advantage of playing at home. The Center Roughriders stand alone as the top 10U team in the state.
This year was all about earning that State Champion status.
“We achieved our goal of becoming state champions already, so from here on out, I told the boys, that it’s about making memories and having fun. I’m super proud of the kids and what they’ve accomplished. They’re all local Center kids that are a very tight knit group at school. They’re just a great group of kids,” said coach Robby Dubea.
Despite having met their goal, the 10U Roughriders aren’t ready to quit just yet. They will be traveling to Ruston, Louisiana from August 3-8.
In the first game of the tournament, the Riders will once again be facing a team holding homefield advantage as they take on the hosting team Ruston. The tournament will operate under double elimination rules and begins Saturday evening at 5:45 p.m. for the Roughriders.
The Roughriders are also seeking donations to fund their impressive Dixie Youth baseball run. They have been staked out on the square accepting donations from those willing to do so. They have also held a BBQ plate sale on the square as well as a raffle for a Port-a-Cool fan.
Any parties interesting in helping this fantastic group of young men on their journey to the World Series can contact Robby Dubea at (936) 488-9979 for more information.