Center 9U All Stars capture Dixie Youth World Series Championship
Story by Jason Mitchell
Photos by Traci Willoughby
The Center 9U All Stars captured the Dixie Youth World Series Championship last weekend in Texarkana fending off nine teams from five states.
Center went 6-1 to win the Championship starting with four games of pool play on Friday and Saturday going into single elimination on Sunday.
In Fridays pool games, Center defeated Grant Parish, La. at 9:45 a.m. and incurred their second loss of the season against a tough team from Ruston, La at 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, Center defeated both North Texarkana, Ark. and Hudson at 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. After pool play, three teams were tied with 3-1 records.
Ruston, Center, and Hudson would have to let the tiebreaker of runs allowed between their games to decide their seeding. Allowing 11, 12, and 13 runs respectively, Ruston was named the #1 seed, Center was #2 seed, and Hudson was #3 seed.
In bracket play, Center escaped a close game with their first opponent, Monroe, at 9:45 a.m. They had to overcome a 6-2 deficit against Laurel Jones County, Miss. to win their semi-final game 7-6 at 1:15 p.m.
In the Championship game against Ruston, Center took no chances and jumped out to an early lead and maintained it to win the championship 5-3.
Recapping their season on the way to a World Series Championship, Center started the tournament season with a warmup tournament in Bullard where they were undefeated. At the State Tournament in Center July 10 -12, Center encountered their first loss of the season against a strong Hudson team. They worked their way back to the championship, however, where they beat Hudson twice in back-to-back games to win the Texas State Championship.
Although Center has had many teams at a Dixie World Series, this marks the first time a Center team has won a World Series Championship.
If you see one of the players or coaches around town, please congratulate them on a job well done. There are many hours put in by both sides when a team makes it this far into the tournament season.
A special presentation to honor the Center 9U World Series Champions is coming soon.
Pictured are The Dixie Youth World Series Champions, Center’s 9U All Stars team. Front row left to right, Karson Link, Levi McDonald, Brennan Eberenz, Beckett Meeks. On the back row, left to right, LaDerrick Moton Jr., Easton Lee, Lincoln Willoughby, Cullen Henson, Bryce Eberenz, and Shade McDonald. The manager is Kevin Link. The coaches are Jake Henson and Cade Eberenz.