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Update: Coming soon: World Series for two local baseball teams

By Charlotte Smith

Concert to be held Saturday evening, July 27

There are two local teams going to the World Series in the near future. The Bladen County Dixie Pre-Majors team won the state championship on Wednesday, July 17 securing them a spot in the  Pre-Majors World Series. The Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) team won the state tournament in their league on Friday, July 12th giving them a shot into the Minors World Series.

Both teams will be featured in the upcoming booklet BladenOnline.com will publish later this week celebrating their victories.  BladenOnline.com will donate 10% of ad revenue to each team.

The Bladen County All-Stars won the Dixie Baseball Pre-Majors State Championship Wednesday with a 11-1 victory over Columbus County. The team only has about a week to fundraise for the big trip.

Bladen County Dixie Pre-Majors team
Top row, Raymond Autry, Dylan Fine, Drew Sholar, Jacob Priest, K.J. Brown, LaFrederick Wooten, Brandon Fine
Bottom Row: Coach Les Hill, Makhi Cromartie, Brady Hollingsworth, Zach Meares, Tyler Hill, Gabe Barber, Chase Starkloff, Coach Kendal Kelly
Not Pictured: Alex Brisson

On Thursday of this week the team will head out to play in the World Series in Louisiana according to their Coach Les Hill. The team held a fundraiser dinner at Harrelson’s farm on Sunday evening. Currently the team has a fundraiser on Facebook.

Shannon Meares wrote on a social media fundraising post, “These boys will represent the State of North Carolina in the World Series in Louisiana, July 27th thru the 31st. As they just won the State Championship, they are in need of your help to support them as they travel to Louisiana next weekend. There is very little time to raise money and we would appreciate any donations you feel led to contribute. All money raised will go toward the travel expenses, motel stays and meals for the team.”

Several donations have been made, but their goal of $5,000 has yet to be obtained, according to the Facebook fundraising page.

“I can’t say enough about how our community has rallied behind us in the past 4 days. It has been amazing,” Coach Hill stated.

You can donate to the team today by visiting their fundraising page linked here or by writing a tax deductible check to the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth earmarked for the Bladen County Dixie Majors team.

Next, the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Minors team will head out to play in the World Series held in Ruston, Louisiana on Aug. 2. The team has a little more time for their fundraising efforts.

Members of the Elizabthtown All-Stars are: Front Row (Left to Right): Braylon Cromartie, Collin Cole, Easton Bostic, Tyler Eason, Fox Sutton, Hunter Wood. Second Row: Brady Marlowe, Jayce Hatcher, CJ McCracken, Joshua Dawson, Jaxon Hair, Claxton Tatum. Back Row: Coach Dale Wood, Head Coach Kyle Bostic, Coach Joseph Hatcher.

The team received a check from the Town of Elizabethtown last week for $1,000 and has a local band, the Pink Slips, holding a concert for them this coming Saturday evening. At the event, the Elizabethtown DYB will be honoring the 1982 Etown DYB Majors team that went to the World Series.  The first and only other Etown DYB team that has won a State Tournament and went to the World Series in 1982.

Left to right: Coach Kyle Bostic, Town of Elizabethtown Mayor, Sylvia Campbell and Manager, Eddie Madden

If you would like to support the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Minors Team you may attend the concert scheduled for this Saturday evening at Leinwand’s Park in Elizabethtown, donate to their GoFund Me Page, linked here, or write a check to the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth earmarked for the minors team.

Mark Gillespie with the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth will be collecting donations for both teams.

Related articles:

Bladen County Wins Dixie Baseball Pre-Majors State Championship

Elizabethtown Wins Dixie Youth AAA State Championship

 

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