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One Dixie for all

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Halifax County Dixie Youth baseball board member Steven Crutchfield, seated, left, and Scottsburg Athletic Association president Roy Keith Lloyd, right, signed an agreement merging Scottsburg’s youth baseball program with Halifax County Dixie Youth. The new members of the Halifax County Dixie Youth board of directors include Crutchfield and Lloyd, and, from left, standing, Donnie Balducci, Brad Thomasson, Dave Ashwell, Maurice Miller, Stacy Powell, Kevin Henderson, Randy Irby, Thomas Turbeville, Scott Carson and David Smith.
SoVaNow.com / January 15, 2018
By Tucker McLaughlin Jr.

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There is a new, unified Dixie Youth baseball league in Halifax County.

It will be known as Halifax County Dixie Youth baseball, combining two local baseball leagues into one. The officials behind the Scottsburg Athletic Association and Halifax County Dixie Youth have combined forces into one.

The move will put about 500 young baseball players aged four-12 under the umbrella of one DY baseball league.

Steve Crutchfield, representing the Halifax County Dixie Youth board, and Scottsburg Athletic Association president Roy Keith Lloyd signed the paperwork Wednesday night to formalize the new league.

Crutchfield said, “this is something we all felt was best for the whole county, to have one league to encompass everybody.

“It has taken a long, strange winding road to get to this point, but we’re finally here.”

Scottsburg’s program has been involved with Little League in the past two seasons, but this will now be part of the unified Halifax County Dixie Youth program.

Lloyd called the move exciting, stressing there is now solidarity between the leagues, adding that there will still be some game action at the Scottsburg field.

All parties will also be represented on a unified board of directors, Lloyd pointed out.

Halifax had previously combined with South Boston, and now Scottsburg is in the fold.

Randy Irby, a veteran booster for Scottsburg baseball, praised Crutchfield for his leadership in this issue.

Crutchfield did not bring any baggage to the table in negotiating process.

Irby added that Crutchfield “put the facts on the table, and we worked it out, and here we are.”

The new Halifax County Dixie Youth league will be open to almost all of the players in Halifax County, from the ages of four to 12, regardless of address. There will be play in five divisions - T-Ball, single A, AA (coach pitch), AAA (Minor league) and Ozone, for ages 11-12.

Dave Ashwell, a member of the Halifax County Dixie Youth board of directors, said combining the leagues makes the overall program even stronger.

“We think it is going to bring local league ball back to being fun and competitive again, bring regular season games back to where they should be,” said Ashwell.

Crutchfield also believes the new sense of unity makes it easier to land funds from the county and town governmental agencies to boost the new, unified league.

As for the all-star setups, the new league has to have two all-star teams, due to population limits.

There are plans for annual re-drafts, Crutchfield said, and its expected there will be annual National and American all-stars.


SIGNUPS

Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:30-8 p.m., location to be determined.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30-8 p.m., location to be determined.

Sat. Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Scottsburg Elementary field.

Sat. Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Day Complex, South Boston.

WORK DAYS: Sat. Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Scottsburg Elementary fields field; Sat. Feb. 24 2 p.m., Day Complex in South Boston.


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