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Posted: September 20, 2011 2:57 p.m.

Pushing toward a Miracle

Local baseball team wins tourney, raises awareness for Miracle League

After a long span without finding its way to a championship game, the Oxford Orioles 11 and under travel baseball team put it all together over the weekend to take home the big trophies from the Conyers Hitters Classic at Legion Field in Conyers.

After giving up 13 runs in the first inning of their first game Saturday, the Orioles' pitching and defense settled down and gave up only seven runs for the remainder of the weekend.

The Atlanta Titans took advantage of a rusty pitching staff to hand the Orioles a 13-2 loss.

In its second game, Oxford defeated the Oconee Legends 7-4. In bracket play Sunday, the Orioles dominated the field beating the Georgia Express 11-1 and the Atlanta Titans 18-2.

After participating in the Miracle League Classic tournament at City Pond Park early this fall, the Orioles decided to wear their specially-made Miracle League jerseys in all remaining tournaments.

"We just hope that someone notices these jerseys and gets involved in this special project," Orioles coach Henry Younker said.

The Miracle League began in 1997 at Legion Field Park when local coach Eddie Bagwell invited a 7-year-old boy in a wheel chair to play baseball on his team. The organization has blossomed over the years and Newton County is in the midst its own Miracle League campaign to raise funds for a proposed Miracle League facility at City Pond.

"It is very special for us to win this tournament right here at the birthplace of the Miracle League," Younker said. "We could see the first ever Miracle League field from our dugout today. We dedicate this tournament championship to Eddie Bagwell and the Miracle League."

The Orioles are planning a few more tournaments for the fall.

To make donations, please contact Tamara Richardson at (770) 786-4373, ext. 14.

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