Copiah County’s 9-year-old Dixie Youth Baseball All Star Team won the Mississippi State Championship Tournament in Hattiesburg this past week. The tournament was played at the multi-million dollar Larry Doleac Dixie Youth Complex. This was historic in the fact that no other Copiah County team has ever accomplished this feat. To be champions the team had to play in the Sub-District, the District, the South State Regional and the State Championship Tournament.
The tournament featured the top two All Star teams from the North District and the two top All Star teams from the South District. Representing the South were the Natchez All Stars and the Copiah All Stars. The North was well represented by the Canton All Stars and the Cleveland All Stars.
Natchez was the first team sent home when they were defeated by both North All Star teams. Copiah eliminated both North All Star teams, defeating Cleveland and going on to defeat Canton twice in route to the championship. Did Copiah have all the best athletes? Probably not. This team won by practicing more often, practicing longer, and through sheer determination and dedication. At times the infield looked like Chipper Jones, and the outfield even made a few Willie Mays catches. The coaching staff had talented pitchers, and used them strategically in tournament play.
All games started and ended with a prayer. In addition to the State Championship Trophy, the team received a Dixie Youth State Championship Banner and individual medals. The team, coaches and fans are most proud of being awarded the only Sportsmanship Trophy that was awarded during tournament play.
The Copiah 9-year-old All Star team would like to take this opportunity to thank all businesses, individuals, fans, parents, and grandparents that supported our team this season.
The team members are: 11, Bryce Chapman; 18, Will Lingle; 22, Maddox Henry; 34, Kyzer Williamson; 4, Landon Murphy; 12, Brandt Jones; 10, Dylan Torrence; 20, Connor Chapin; 1, Austin Ragland; 9, Noah Chapa; 15, Peyton Smith; and 3, Colton Meadows. The Coaches are Marty Torrence, Wayne Henry and James Ragland.