Friday, August 1, 2014
St. John the Baptist Parish – The St. John Parish Warriors 13-year-old All-Star Baseball Team won the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Mississippi. The team finished the series with an undefeated record of 4-0 defeating the Meridan All-Stars to capture first place over nine teams. A’mani Gilmore, left fielder, was named MVP of the tournament.
Under the direction of head coach Wayland Martin, and assistants Keith Gibson, Carl Stemley, Darnell Jones and Andre Simmons, the team qualified for the World Series tournament on July 14 in Bridge City. Coaches credit the successful season to working together through all the adversity of winning and losing. Coach Darnell Jones said, “Nothing makes a greater impact than teamwork.”
The 6, 7, 8 and 10-year-old All-Star teams ended their season with state titles and World Series play. The 7-year-old Warriors won the consolation bracket of the World Series on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Debra Poche, Acting Parks & Recreation Director, commended the teams for a job well done, acknowledging the game for teaching participants more than just baseball. “Sports allow our children to have fun while instilling important life lessons such as responsibility, cooperation and sportsmanship that will follow them to adulthood,” said Poche. “I tell them to believe in themselves and in God and the rest will fall into place.”
“The time, energy and dedication put forth by all the players, parents, coaches and Recreation staff is evident,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “I want to congratulate them on their achievements this season and we look forward to seeing them participate in other sporting and recreation activities in the future.”
Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. is a non-profit youth baseball and softball organization that provides a recreation outlet for youth all over the country so that they may become strong, healthy, well-adjusted members of their community.