A World Series Story

September 10,  2018 - In March 2018, hundreds of boys started a normal baseball season with Dixie Youth Baseball. Home runs, base hits, strikeouts, lots of sweat and maybe even a few tears. For 12 local boys, this season was especially spectacular.

They started the season on separate teams and played against each other. When the regular season ended, they came together to form the Center 12U All Stars. After a couple of weeks of practice, they competed here in Center at the District Level. They went undefeated in a Round Robin district tournament. From there, they went on to compete at the state level in Athens, Texas. Through some extremely long innings and lightning delays, they came out on top with only one loss in the State Tournament. This championship qualified this team of Center boys for the Dixie Youth Majors World Series in Lumberton, North Carolina to compete with 10 other states. This team had about two weeks to raise funds to help cover the expenses that would incur.

That’s where the magic happened! Our community rose up and rallied behind these boys and gave in so many ways! In the way of road blocks, concession stands, raffle tickets, donations and most importantly, love and prayers, blessings were poured out on these awesome kids! 

Thank you seems so small! Nonetheless, thank you Shelby County! We are so appreciative and we had so much fun playing baseball and representing Texas! 

Thank you to our sponsors! OMNI Energy Services, Common Disposal, Center Tire, Paul Parker, Texas State Bank, Wilco Logging, Wiggins Farms, Center Noon Lions Club, and Tammy Steptoe Realty.

Thank you to all who bought raffle tickets and gave in any way! Big or small, you helped us get there and we pray God blesses your generosity! 

Team members are Dallas Whiteside, Connor Henson, Lance Wilburn, Debraylon Moore, Jaxon Parker, Trent Jefferson, Danny Gonzalez, Bryson Dowling, Zayne Hennigan, Kayden Dixon, Tayton Binfet, and Colby Lout.

Coaches are Shane Whiteside, Steven Hennigan, and Wendy Wilburn.