Concordia Dixie Youth proceeding as planned

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, May 24, 2011

VIDALIA — With Concordia residents keeping a watchful eye on the Mississippi River, Concordia Dixie Youth has chugged along almost unimpeded.

Mike Bowlin, president of the Conordia Dixie Youth baseball league, said the only fields that have been affected by the river levels are the coach pitch fields.

“We’ve had some seepage water on that field, and over the weekend it’s gotten worse, so we’ve taken tape and blocked those sections off,” Bowlin said.

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“We’ve decided if the ball goes in that area, it’s a ground rule double, and we keep playing. We only have 10 days left, so we want to finish it out.”

Bowlin also said the teams have been playing on the minor and major fields, as well as some fields in Ferriday, and none of those fields haven’t been affected by flooding.

“Ever since the flood was coming, when they said it’d crest at 64 or 65 feet, we haven’t had a drop of rain, so that really helped keep the seepage down,” Bowlin said.

“The seepage (on the coach pitch field) was higher this weekend than I’ve ever seen it, but we’re just going to keep on playing.”

With Concordia Dixie Youth All-Stars right around the corner, Bowlin said things are expected to continue proceeding as normal.

“We start All-Stars in the next two weeks,” Bowlin said. “Normally, there’s a 12-game requirement for All-Stars, but that’s been waived for us, because everyone knows what we’ve been going through.

“We’re also supposed to have a minor league tournament for ages 9 and 10 July 1-3, so we’re hoping all the water will be gone by then.”

Bowlin also said the community’s been very supportive of Concordia Dixie Youth during the river flooding.

“Everyone wants to keep everything as normal as possible, and that’s what we’ve tried to do.”