The City of Chipley and Chipley High School is hosting the 2014 Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. The event began yesterday, July 25, and will go through Wednesday, July 30, at the CHS Baseball complex.
This event has been in the works for several years.
Made possible through the efforts of Head Coach Andy Compton and Directors Drayton Kilpatrick and James Park, local representatives say Chipley is honored to be selected to host an event of this magnitude.
Coach Compton says he's thrilled with the support he has received from the community. With this support and the efforts of volunteers, Chipley is poised to host a first class tournament.
"It has been our goal to host the very best tournament possible," said Compton. "We want the teams that play in this tournament to remember where Chipley is, and in 20-30 years think about what a great time they had there."
Each team competing is the state champion for their state. Eleven state winners, plus the Chipley (host), will vie for the opportunity to be the 2014 Dixie Pre-Majors World Series Champion.
The event kicked off with a welcome banquet for the teams Friday night at the Washington County Agricultural Center. Coach Bobby Pierce, Head Baseball Coach for the Troy University Trojans, was be the guest speaker. The games began early this morning, July 26, and will last until Wednesday, July 30.
One of the main features of the tournament will be a Homerun Derby, scheduled for tonight. One player from each team will be selected to represent their team. The Homerun Derby will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Donations will be taken at the gate for the Homerun Derby for the Dixie Scholarship Fund, and there will be plenty of concessions.
Along with plenty of baseball, there will be plenty to eat and drink from the quickly becoming famous "Kils Concession Stand". We have even heard rumors that they will be unveiling "Kils Grandslam Nachos".