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Posted: July 11, 2009 4:39 p.m.

League of their own

Newton County All-Stars win Pee Wee state championship


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, R...

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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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