Dixie, youth league baseball action filling Center City Park fields
Center City Park Baseball fields have been filled with hard hitting tournament action over the weekend as the city plays host to 35 teams in regional action.
Tee Ball South Division I & II Regional State Tournament play as well as Coach Pitch South Division I & II Regional State Tournament play started Friday and is scheduled to continue through Monday as the bracket that started out with 35 teams is whittled down.
Also going on with games starting Saturday and continuing through July 4 is the Dixie Boys Tier II State Tournament.
While there has been plenty of youth baseball action going on already, City of Center Recreation Director Jason Mitchell said there is more to come.
From July 5 – July 8, Center will host the AAA South Division I & II Regional State Tournament and the Ozone South Division I & II Regional State Tournament with 34 teams, their families can coaches due in town, Mitchell said.
Then from July 13 – July 18, Center City Park ball fields will be filled with the Dixie Boys Jr.(13yr old) State Tournament and the Dixie Boys (13-14-year old) State Tournament with 16 teams due in the city.
Among the games going Sunday afternoon was the Center 8-U All-Stars taking on Henderson. It looked like Henderson was going to advance in tourney action with a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning when the Center team came alive and pulled out a come from behind victory.
A 6-run rally in the bottom of the fifth by the Center 8-U All-Stars turned the game around when the Center players were able to tie things up 3-3 before going on to add even more points to their side of the scoreboard. The Center 8-U All-Stars finished that game 7-3 and advanced to play a 5 p.m. Sunday
Among teams in Center for this weekend tournament action were those from Center, Shelbyville, Chapel Hill, Tatum, Henderson, Arp, Nacogdoches, Henderson, EMC, Kilgore, Tarkington, Twin County, Cleveland, Hudson, Dayton, Livingston, Cold Springs, Malakoff, Fairfield, Anahuac, Central, West Rusk and Shepard.
For a photo gallery of Center's 8U All-Stars come from behind victory over Henderson Sunday afternoon, please click below: