Friday, August 2, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH– The 8-year old St. John Warrior All Star Baseball team recently finished with top honors at the 2013 Dizzy Dean World Series, placing 8th out of 44 teams. The Warriors competed in the 5-day tournament, held in South Haven Mississippi, against various teams from all over the country. The team advanced to the Dizzy Dean World Series after defeating the Plaquemines Hurricanes to capture the Louisiana 8-year old State Championship in Belle Chase in June.
The Warriors won their first three games and quickly became one of the sixteen top teams in the series. After losing a close game, they recovered with a victory against a tough opponent to earn their way into the Elite 8. The team ended tournament play with an impressive record of 5-2. “I would like to congratulate the St. John Warriors for their outstanding performance in the Dizzy Dean World Series,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “Thank you for leading by example in your representation of St. John Parish and we look forward to supporting you next summer.”
In addition to success on the baseball field, the team learned valuable lessons in sportsmanship and teamwork. They enjoyed the World Series opening event in which all 44 teams participated in a team pin trading that is a tradition for the 8-year-olds. The Warriors attended the event dressed in new team jerseys donated by the Law office of Nghana Lewis Gauff, LLC.
“The team would like to thank the Parish Recreation department, Parish President Robottom, the Law Office of Nghana L. Gauff, the entire coaching staff and most importantly, the parents,” said Coach Darnell Lee. “Without the support of parents bringing the kids to and from practice and attending games, none of this would have been possible. The team would also like to thank Team Mom, La Shawn Nopens for all of her efforts.”