DYB district champs are state bound!


Swainsboro Dixie Youth has done it again! The organization’s 2021 Majors all-star team won district and has advanced to the state tournament.

According to Coach Billy Chapman, the 12U squad traveled to Wrens last Monday, June 14, and Tuesday, June 15, and played for the district title. The local boys came out on top 11-0 and 8-4 to decisively advance to the next level of play.

The 2021 Georgia Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament will be played July 9 in Roberta, Crawford County, pitting eight teams from across the state against each other with the winner receiving a berth to the World Series later that month in Laurel, Mississippi.

Swainsboro’s first game at the state tournament has yet to be determined. However, information will be made available by The Chronicle as the next level of competition draws nearer, so be on the lookout. Chapman did mention in a sit-down Monday the tournament would be available online. Those interested in watching can do so by downloading the GameChanger app and streaming the games. (To find the local team, enter “12U Swainsboro DYB” in the search bar. The top result is the one you’ll want to follow.)

Playing on the local Majors team are Brent Cox, Bryce Chapman, Colten Lewis, Cullen Tapley, Jace Farmer, Kadorian Benjamin, Layton Terwilliger, Luke Colton, Peyton Taylor, River Moxley, and Tucker Free. Other coaches in addition to Chapman include Jason Farmer and Reagan Moxley.

In the past eight years, Swainsboro Dixie Youth has finished state runner-up five times, secured three state championships, and made six appearances in the World Series.

Chapman says the team of 11 took the remainder of last week off following the district win but resumed practice Monday night. They will continue to practice regularly, weather permitting, leading up to the state tournament.

“We’ve got a really good group of boys,” he said. “If they play up to their potential, I expect we have a real shot at winning state and going on to the World Series. We’ve had a great success under the local Dixie Youth League charter here, and I know this Majors team has the talent and know-how to add to our storied history.”

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