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League of their own

Newton County All-Stars win Pee Wee state championship

Posted: July 11, 2009 4:39 p.m.
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State champs: Front row (left to right) Hunter Lane, Erik Shirley, Sam Younker, Ethan Stamps; second row, Dalton Whitley, Mitchell Thompson, Jamal Boykin, Harrison Floyd; third row, assistant coach Greg Shirley, Hunter Housworth, Brayden Harper, Ryan Shirley, Aron Cox, head coach Ken Harper, assistant coach Robbie Floyd


Baseball teams around the county have been pretty successful as of late. You can add the Pee Wee (7-8 year-old) American Division All Star Team to the list as the latest team from the county to win big. The Newton County All-Stars captured the state championship Saturday at Suwannee, capping a perfect 7-0 run through the Dixie Youth State Tournament.

"They all did exceptionally well," head coach Ken Harper said. "It was a total team effort. I’m proud of all 12 of them."

Newton County defeated Buford 13-4 on Friday before taking the second of the three-game series Saturday by the score of 13-2.

The Newton County All-Stars set several records along the way. They scored the most runs in the tournaments history, amassed the strikeouts over the seven games and set a single-game record for home runs with five.

Dixie Jr. Boys, July 11-15

More youth baseball kicks off tomorrow at City Pond Park. The Dixie Boys (13+) Dixie Jr. Boys Tournament begins at 10 a.m. Newton County plays Brookwood while Whitfield County takes on Troup County at 1 p.m. The four-team tournament culminates on July 15. The championship game time will be determined.

Dixie Youth State

Tournament, July 17-25

Beginning Sunday July 18, Newton County and City Pond Park will host the Dixie Youth State Tournament. Newton County will be one of 16 teams battling for a chance to represent Georgia in the Dixie Youth World Series (11-12 year-old).

Opening ceremonies are Saturday July 17.

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