It was a successful summer for local softball and baseball. Not only was Harnett County home of Minor League champs, but World Series champs.
The Dunn Angels 10U Dixie Youth softball team went the distance, claiming the World Series title after more than two months of nonstop sweat on the diamond. The Angels were certainly well traveled this year. After edging out Hope Mills in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to win the state championship in Laurinburg, the girls made their way to Alexandria, La. — nearly a 1,000 mile journey to the World Series.
“To all the young ladies, it’s been great and we are so proud of you,” Dunn Mayor Oscar Harris said. “Even though we might not have been in Alexandria (La.), we were streaming, we were texting, we were telephoning and we were keeping tabs on you all the way. We deeply appreciate you and what you mean to the City of Dunn and what you mean to the recreation department.”
The Angels weren’t alone in their World Series pursuit. The Dunn Ponytails 12U team also made the trip to Louisiana and looked to be the best team in the tournament. But failure to comply with a rarely enforced substitution rule forced them to forfeit the championship game, which they led 8-3 in the fifth.
Dunn was also represented in the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series. The Dunn Majors finished third in the tournament, losing to a tough South Carolina team.
“I’m very proud of my boys,” he said. “Overall, you can see their growth. Midway High School and Triton High School should have some really good baseball coming to them.”
If the success of local youth teams is any indication, it’s likely we’ll see lots of successful athletes in 2019 and the years to come.