Baseball champs

Members of the Dickson County Youth Athletic Association 13-14 Dixie Youth state championship team are: William James Middle School - Maddux Bryant; Jamison Ford; Jaidyn Gribbins; Brendan Hirsbrunner; Elijah Larkin; Charles McCormick. Burns Middle School - Grant Christian. Dickson Middle School - Timmy Birt. Creek Wood High School - Wyatt Daniel; Reece Hooper; Ryan Watts; Aaron Womack. Dickson High School - Felipe Marquez. Coaches - Dillon Scott; Matt Bryant; Heath Larkin. Team Administrator - Ann Bryant.

The Dickson County Youth Athletic Association team won the 13-14 Dixie Youth state championship and qualified for the Dixie Youth World Series to be held in Aiken, S.C., starting Aug. 2.

Coach Heath Larkin said the team still has to work on defense, hitting and the fundamentals.

“Nobody expected us to be able to do this,” Larkin said. “It was all about heart, and I don’t know about the parents but I was over in the third base coach’s box praying half the time. We came out in the first game and won a game that we should have won but we just kept winning games that we really had no business winning.

“We played four games on Sunday with Hurricane Barry coming in because they knew we wouldn’t be able to get any games in Monday and 90 percent of the time we played in rain and even pouring rain. We played Halls, Tennessee, in the championship game and if you would’ve lined up their team against ours and just looked at them, you could see the physical difference.”

Larkin said he has set up some fundraisers for the team and a banner with the names of businesses that sponsor the team will be placed in the pavilion at Buckner Park.

“I’ve got kids from most of the middle schools on this team and both high schools,” Larkin said. “This is truly a community team. We’re not a travel ball team with deep pockets; this is a local recreational league team. I’ve got a few situations on the team where some kids may not be able to go simply because their parents have to work; bills have to be paid, but this truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Contact Larkin at (615) 260-4837 if interested in sponsoring the team.

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