Troy Junior Dixie Boys headed to the world series

Published 2:31 pm Monday, July 1, 2024

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The Troy Junior Dixie Boys won the Dixie Boys State Tournament on Sunday beating Opelika 6 to 4.  The tournament was held in Greenville over the weekend.  Prior to winning in Sunday’s championship game, Troy beat Fairhope 13-3 on Friday and Opelika 14-4 on Saturday. Troy will now head to the world series on July 26 which is held in Bufford, SC.

Conner Sanders got the win on the mound.  Sanders pitched four innings striking out 3 and gave up four hits and two earned runs.

Dru Jinright led Troy at the plate going 3 for 4 and one RBI.  Sanders, Bryson Rhett and Porter Beasley each had two hits.  Sanders also knocked in two runs.

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Cole Davis, David Riley Sanders and Cope Russell each had one hit in the championship game.

Friday’s winning pitcher was Ryan Copeland and Saturday’s winning pitcher was Dru Jinright.  Daniel Dorrill and Braylen Wallace both had RBIs over the weekend. Cole Davis had a big bat over the course of the weekend tournament, knocking in a total of 8 runs.

Coach Will Sanders said, “Throughout the whole tournament we had 3 to 4 kids that had batting averages over .600.  Half the team had batting averages of over .500. Our pitching was phenomenal. I’m really proud of the grit in all the boys.  All the kids were great. Great attitudes that took instruction well. They were a pleasure to coach and they really supported each other probably better than any team I’ve ever coached.”