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Clarksville to host Dixie All-Star Ball Tournament

SoVaNow.com / June 19, 2013
Clarksville is playing host to two Dixie Youth tournaments over the next two weekends, girls’ softball District 1 All-Stars Tournament and boy’s machine pitch District 2 All-Stars.

Games for the Angels (girls ages 9-10) and Ponytails (girls ages 11-12) teams as well the boys machine pitch (boys ages 7-8) start at 2 p.m. Friday, at either Shaver Field or across the street at Robbins Park.

The official opening ceremonies will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Twenty-six teams from Blackstone, Brunswick, Burkeville, Chase City, Crewe, Dinwiddie, Emporia-Greenville, Farmville, Halifax, Lunenburg County, Scottsburg, South Boston and South Hill will be in Clarksville for the tournaments, which run throughout the weekend.

The following Friday, June 28, part II of the girl’s district 1 All-Stars takes place. Fifteen teams of Darlings (girls ages 7-8) and Belles (girls ages 13-15) from Blackstone, Brunswick, Crewe-Burkeville, Dinwiddie, Emporia-Greensville, Lunenburg, Prince Edward-Farmville, Nottoway and South Hill for the title of District 1 All-Star Champion.

Again, games begin at 2 p.m. at either Shaver Field or Robbins Park and opening ceremonies will start at 5:30 p.m.

Throughout both weekends, the newly renovated Robbins Park and the Shaver Field Concession stands will be open, and there will be tee shirts and raffle tickets for sale. Funds from the concession stands, shirt sales, and the raffles go back to the Clarksville Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball League.

Jason Claiborne, president of Clarksville Dixie Youth, said, Dixie Youth team members, coaches and families are very grateful for the support of The Town of Clarksville, The Town Council, the town employees, and The Clarksville Ruritans this year. They have helped us to revitalize Robbins Park so that it could be used during these tournaments. Robbins Park looks fantastic! The concessions, restrooms and the field have all been renewed.” He added, “We are also grateful to The Woodmen of the World for their donations of new flag poles and flags.

Even if you don’t have a child playing in either tournament, Claiborne encourages all of Clarksville to “please come out, support the local teams and watch these kids play ball! There will be lots of excitement and fun all weekend.”

Clarksville Dixie Youth Softball and Baseball started 50 years ago. They are primarily a program for children eighteen (18) years of age and younger. The games are played on a scaled-down diamond to meet the physical development of the growing child. The main purpose of the program is to provide a recreation outlet for as many children as possible with emphasis on local league play rather than tournament play. At the same time the program promotes the development of strong character, a right attitude and a sense of responsibility and citizenship in youngsters, as well as a sense of fair play, good sportsmanship and congenial fellowship.

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