OUR OPINION: Baseball teams represent Alabama with honor and pride – Valley Times-News


Both the Dadeville and Valley youth baseball teams proudly represented the state of Alabama last week in Laurel, Mississippi.

Both teams won state championships in their respective divisions and went on to compete in the Dixie Youth World Series.

Dadeville started his run in the Majors Division by beating Florida in extra innings 5-4 on Friday, but lost 10-4 to South Carolina on Saturday. The team’s run ended on Sunday when they lost 3-1 to North Carolina.

Likewise, Valley started their tournament Friday afternoon by beating South Carolina 4-3, but followed it with a 6-3 loss to Mississippi on Saturday. On Sunday, the offense made a splash by beating Texas 10-2 to set up a rematch with Mississippi on Monday. Sadly, the rematch ended much like the first game, a 7-3 loss, cutting short their run for another World Series title.

While the outcome for Dadeville and Valley was not what everyone expected, both teams played hard and, as the old sporting cliché goes, “left it all on the pitch”.

Representation at the regional level is a testament to the talent and quality supervision we have in our region.

It starts at the parks and recreation level, where most young children begin their foray into team sports.

Hopefully most, if not all of these young men decide to pursue their baseball careers at school level and if they do, that means there is a bright future for baseball in the years to come.

Congratulations to the two champions of the State of Alabama, we are all proud of you and thank you for representing our state with honor and pride.

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