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DYB World Series pairings

Field of teams coming to Choccolocco Park close to being complete; all three Oxford teams know their opponents

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

The complete field for the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series coming to Choccolocco Park in early August is just about set.

After Ruston claimed the Louisiana O-Zone title Tuesday night to complete that bracket, all that remains to complete the field is for Virginia to crown its AAA champion Wednesday night.

All three Oxford teams serving as hosts know their opponents. The O-Zone all-stars will play Clinton, S.C.; the Majors all-stars will play South Park from Charlotte, N.C.; and the AAA stars will play Spring Hill (Fla.) American.

Work continues on preparing the facility for the week-long event that kicks off with opening ceremonies Aug 4, but Dixie Youth Baseball officials have been impressed with what they’ve seen so far.

“It’s a brand new facility; you can’t complain about that,” DYB commissioner Wes Skelton said Tuesday from the league offices in Marshall, Texas. “It’s an immaculate field. I have to say, I’ve been commissioner 22 years and I don’t think we’ll ever have played on grass as nice as this. You don’t have golf courses that have grasses like that. I would love to have a lawn like that.”

Winky Newer, the Louisiana state director, visited Choccolocco Park on his way back from South Carolina after the Big House was awarded the Series two years ago and he was impressed as well.

Oxford is the first Alabama city to host the DYB World Series since Auburn hosted the 50th anniversary series in 2005.

Next year’s DYB World Series will be played in Lumberton, N.C. Ruston, La., is bidding on the 2019 series. Laurel, Miss., and Sebring, Fla., have shown interest in the 2020 event.

The opening-round pairings set to date are listed below.

At Choccolocco Park
First-round games
August 5

Clinton (S.C.) vs. Oxford (host), 3:30 p.m. (Field 3)
Lebanon (Tenn.) National vs. Searcy (Ark.), 3:30 p.m. (Field 4)
Columbia County (Ga.) vs. Laurel (Miss.) National, 5:45 p.m. (Field 3)
West Rusk (Texas) vs. Kings Mountain (N.C.), 5:45 p.m. (Field 4)
Fairhope (Ala.) American vs. Graceville (Fla.), 8 p.m. (Field 3)
Ruston (La.) vs. Appomattox (Va.), 8 p.m. (Field 4)
Championship Game
Aug. 10, 11 a.m. (Field 3), (7:30 p.m., if necessary)

At Choccolocco Park
First-round games
August 5

Troup County (Ga.) vs. Minden (La.), 3:30 p.m. (SB 1)
Charlotte South Park (N.C.) vs. Oxford (host), 3:30 p.m. (SB 2)
Walthall (Miss.) vs. Huntington (Texas), 5:45 p.m. (SB 1)
Headland (Ala.) vs. Fairview (Tenn.), 5:45 p.m. (SB 2)
Ashdown (Ark.) vs. Buckingham (Va.), 8 p.m. (SB 1)
Bushnell South Sumter (Fla.) vs. North Charleston Wescott-Pepperhill (S.C.), 8 p.m. (SB 2)
Championship Game
Aug. 10, 12:30 p.m. (SB 1) (8 p.m., if necessary)

At Choccolocco Park
First-round games
August 5

Stanley (N.C.) vs. Hueytown (Ala.), 3:30 p.m. (Field 1)
Oxford (host) vs. Spring Hill (Fla.) American, 3:30 p.m. (Field 2)
Metairie Gerard (La.) vs. Hartsville (S.C.) Northern, 5:45 p.m. (Field 1)
Prince Edward Farmville (Va.) vs. Texarkana (Ark.) East, 5:45 p.m. (Field 2)
Bullard (Texas) vs. Loretto (Tenn.), 8 p.m. (Field 1)
Greene County (Miss.) vs. Swainsboro (Ga.), 8 p.m. (Field 2)
Championship Game
Aug. 10, 10 a.m. (Field 1) (5:30 p.m., if necessary)

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