By Pamela Brownstein
From July 30 to August 3, Beaufort will be all about baseball when the 2011 Dixie Boys World Series comes to town. The county’s Parks and Leisure Services (PALS) is hosting the tournament and invites all the players and their families to enjoy the beauty of the Lowcountry.
Sandy Jones, the commissioner/CEO of Dixie Boys World Series commented: “We are very pleased to have the chance to once again visit Beaufort County, South Carolina. Our Dixie program was treated to an excellent 2008 Junior Dixie Boys World Series in Bluffton and we anticipate that the 2011 Dixie Boys World Series to be held in Beaufort will meet and exceed the success of the previous event. Beaufort County has many offerings available for visitors. I am sure that everyone will enjoy their visit to the area. We thank PALS for extending an invitation to our program.”
Tournament play will be conducted at a state of the art facility. Burton Wells Park has three fields available for Dixie World Series play, concession stand and restrooms. The park has batting cages and warm-up areas on site. The facility is equipped with a centralized press box with phones connecting directly to the dugouts. Two additional fields are located .5 miles from the main facility with restrooms. Beaufort County PALS along with parent volunteers are very eager to offer their services to make this tournament one to remember.
Coach Jim Pike, head coach of the Beaufort Allstars team, said, “It’s an honor to have the tournament here. We hope we can represent Beaufort well.”
Beaufort welcomes 11 teams from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina.
For more information, visit http://baseball.dixie.org or www.co.beaufort.sc.us.
VOLUNTEER AT THE GAMES
Baseball fans, moms, dads, teens and those who love the excitement of a crowd are invited free of charge to the 2011 Dixie Boys Baseball World Series in exchange for volunteering during the event. The games are being hosted by Beaufort County PALS at the Burton Wells Regional Park. Volunteers will be given a ticket to the games and a free t-shirt. They are needed to help with announcing, scorekeeping, serving meals and cleaning up and must be at least 16 years of age. Volunteers may select a day and shift of their choice and call PALS to sign up at 255-6684 or 255-6715.