Columbia County geared up for local boys in World Series
Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 13, 2000
While a Natchez team has been there before, Georgia’s Columbia County will be making its first trip to the Dixie Youth 11-12 World Series.
Georgia faces Natchez at 6 p.m. Monday in a first-round contest at Marshall, Texas.
Natchez went undefeated through state, defeating Laurel for the championship last week. In 1993, the Natchez 11-12 All-Stars won state and played three games at the Dixie Youth World Series in Marshall, Texas.
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Columbia County, which plays its games in Appling, Ga., just outside of Augusta, went 7-0 to capture the Georgia title in Sewanee, Ga.
&uot;Columbia County teams have done real well in 15-16-year-olds,&uot; said Georgia coach Angel Torres. &uot;They just won their second World Series title in a row in Alabama.&uot;
Torres said Columbia County’s Dixie Youth program begins at the age of 11-12.
&uot;Before that they play in the Georgia Parks and Recreation league,&uot; he said.
Torres credits a positive attitude, hitting and good pitching for his team’s ability to win the state title.
&uot;A lot of people didn’t expect us to show up,&uot; he said.
&uot;I think we kind of snuck up on a lot of folks.&uot;
Torres said he has nine pitchers on the team, but usually goes with only five.
&uot;They have pretty average fastball and curve balls,&uot; he said. &uot;We have a good defense. We made a lot of good defensive plays in the tournament.&uot;
Torres said his team is basically a base-hitting squad.
&uot;But fortunately we found a little bit of power and hit a few home runs in the state tournament,&uot; he said.
Although it’s the first time an 11-12 team has made it to the World Series, Torres said he believes his team will be ready to play.
&uot;There are a lot of good teams in Georgia, so we’ve faced good competition,&uot; he said.
&uot;We’re real excited about making the trip.&uot;
The game will be broadcast locally on WNAT 1450 AM.