Dixie Pre Majors a success in more ways than one

Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 02:03 PM.

CHIPLEY - Washington County hosted 11 states in the 2014 Dixie Pre-Majors World Series from July 26 to July 30, generating much needed local revenue and earning Chipley's team the title of World Series Runners-up.

The event kicked off with a banquet Friday, July 25, with Sheriff Bobby Haddock welcoming the visiting teams.

"We could not have been more humbled to host the 11 state champions," said Haddock. "There is nothing quite like the opening ceremonies of the World Series Championship. In baseball, no other day is so pure with possibility. No scores yet, no losses, no blame or disappointment."

High School Head Baseball Coach and President of the Chipley Dixie Majors Andy Compton started the process of bidding for the event two years ago and says it's the first time Washington County has hosted the event, and the first time in recent history a Florida city has been selected as host.

"We made a bid on the tourney in 2012 with the help of the Washington County Tourism Development Council," said Compton. "None of this would have happened without their help and that of TDC Director Heather Lopez. Without a great group of volunteers, the behind the scenes work would have been nearly impossible to do without them," he added. "We had close to a hundred volunteers. From host parents for each team, to cooks, hospitality workers, field crew, and concession volunteers, we couldn't have done it without them."

Community efforts didn't go unnoticed by visitors, either.

"I've been to a lot of events over the years, both in big cities and small towns, but I've never been as impressed as I have been with Chipley," said Keith Robinson, Assistant Director of the Alabama Dixie Boys Majors. "The courtesy and hospitality shown by this community is second to none."

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