Dunn is primed to welcome another set of Dixie Youth Baseball (DYB) state tournaments. Here’s a quick breakdown of what to expect during opening weekend.
DUNN — The fireworks have concluded which means Dunn is primed to welcome another set of Dixie Youth Baseball (DYB) state tournaments this week.
Starting with Friday’s opening ceremony, 21 teams repping their unique hometowns will compete through July 15 for the AAA (10-and-under) and Majors (12u) championships.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what to expect come opening weekend.
The introductory festivities are hosted by a newly renovated Clarence Lee Tart Memorial Park on South Elm Avenue.
Brian McNeill, head of Dunn Parks & Recreation, will give the director’s welcome address at 7 p.m. The opening remarks precede each team’s introduction.
The night concludes with a speech from the keynote speaker, Leonard Henry. A 2002 NFL draft pick, the Clinton native and former East Carolina University football standout now serves as a coveted motivational speaker.
As the host, Dunn is automatically allowed a team in both brackets.
On the AAA side, the top players from Dunn’s parks and rec season will compete under the leadership of veteran DYB coach Brandon Tyndall. He led his Hospital Pharmacy team to a league-best 7-1 record this spring.
Michael Stephens will manage the Dunn Majors All-Stars after coaching his 12u rec squad to a program-leading 8-2 mark.
According to updates provided earlier in the week, the AAA bracket features 11 teams and the Majors tourney has 10 with both following a double-elimination format.
Saturday’s first day of action on the AAA side sees every club but Dunn, who has a first-round bye, playing.
The 10 a.m. window features three matchups — Mount Holly against Riegelwood, White Oak versus Kenansville and Tryon against Town Creek. Following those contests will be Southport versus Rose Hill and Hoke County against Anson.
All 10 teams on the Majors side are scheduled to play in the afternoon on Day 1.
Dunn carries one of the two closing contests of Saturday, hosting Dallas at 4 p.m. on Greenwaves Field. Red Springs and West Duplin play at the same time on Carlie C’s IGA Field.
The three matchups at 2 p.m. are — Hoke versus Lockwood Folly, Bessemer City against Southwest and Bladen County versus Town Creek.
The AAA and Majors champions advance to the D2 World Series in Anderson, South Carolina starting July 28.