Friday, July 20, 2012
The St. John Warriors 11-year-old Recreation All-Star Baseball Team won the Dizzy Dean World Series Wednesday, July 18, in Southaven, Mississippi, finishing the series with an undefeated record of 5-0. The warriors defeated the North Tampa All-star team to capture first place over 24 teams. Under the direction of head coach Waylen Martin, and assistants, Darnell Jones, Carl Stemley and Andre Simmons, the team qualified for the World Series tournament with a bye in the Louisiana All-Star Tournament in July in Plaquemines Parish.
“Our team was well-prepared and came ready to play. They were focused from game one until the last out in game five and fought hard in every game,” said head coach Waylen Martin. “I want to acknowledge my coaching staff, Darnell Jones, Carl Stemley and Andre Simmons, for doing an excellent job managing the kids on and off the field the entire year. Also, parents should be acknowledged for a job well done. Without their support and understanding, we would not have made it to this point.”
Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. is a non-profit youth baseball and softball organization whose mission is to provide a recreation outlet for as many youth as possible. The main purpose of this program is to instill in youth, ages five through nineteen years of age, sportsmanship, honesty, discipline and a sense of teamwork so that they may become strong, healthy, well-adjusted members of their community.
“Sports is a mirror image of life in some ways. Adversity is always present; however, facing it and coming through it builds character and humility. I witnessed their early struggles but I also experienced their ‘stick-with-it attitude,’ a mindset that allowed them to capture the end-goal of becoming champions, on and off the diamond,” said Parks and Recreation Director Terrence Jones.
The 8, 10 and 12-year-old St. John All Star teams will play in the World Series Tournament this weekend. “I am very proud of the 11-year old team for their accomplishments and for representing St. John Parish. I wish the 8, 10, and 12 year old teams the best of luck this weekend,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.