The Dixie Youth baseball league regular season came to a close last week, and in a season that has been one of the most competitive in recent memory, its’ only fitting that the final day was full of drama. In the end, though, it was the Dodgers who completed a miraculous turn-around season by capturing the Dixie Youth league championship last Tuesday night.
The machine pitch league wrapped up their regular season as well on Tuesday, but the standings were already solidified and nothing could have happened to knock the Orioles out of the first place spot. It didn’t matter anyway, because the Orioles completed their championship season in style, defeating the Pirates 10-3 to end the season with a 12-3 mark.
In the other machine pitch game on Tuesday, the Cardinals defeated the Red Sox 7-0. Just two weeks ago, the Red Sox were in a tie for first, but they dropped three straight to close the season and finished in second with a 9-6 record. The Cardinals finished third in the league and the Pirates finished in fourth place.
In the Dixie Youth league, three teams had a shot at the title heading into the final day of the season. The Pirates and Braves were tied for the top spot, while the Dodgers were in second, just one game behind. The Dodgers looked like a long shot to win, but on Tuesday the cards fell just right, and after a plus-1 game late in the evening, they claimed their league title.
The Pirates were scheduled to face the fourth place Athletics in the first game on Tuesday, but inexplicably the Pirates did not have enough players and had to forfeit the game, and thus any claim to the top spot.
With the Pirates’ loss, all the Braves had to do was beat the Dodgers in Tuesday’s second game to claim the outright title. But the Dodgers had other ideas, winning for the fifth time in their last six games by a score of 8-5. It put the Dodgers, Braves and Pirates in a tie for first place, each with 9-6 records.
Rather than waiting two more days, the league decided to hold their one-game playoff between the Dodgers and Braves that night. It was a late evening at the ballpark for the young ballplayers, their coaches and fans, but it was a fitting conclusion to one dramatic season. Tuesday proved to be the Dodgers night as they locked up the league title with an 11-6 win over the Braves in the final game of the season.
The Dodgers are the LaFayette Dixie Youth league champions with a 10-6 record.
The Dodgers and the machine pitch leagues’ Orioles were honored for their respective league titles last night at the closing ceremonies. The rest of the teams were recognized as well and at the conclusion of the ceremony the members of the three all-star teams were announced.
The 7-8 and 9-10 year old all-star teams will begin play on June 22 in the Valley, while the 11-12 year old all-stars will travel to Tuskegee and will begin play on June 23.