Players, coaches, parents, and volunteers kicked off the 2019 Dixie Youth Baseball season Saturday with an opening ceremony featuring Nutzy the Squirrel and his sidekick Nutasha. League President Bryan Soles said over 150 boys and girls from ages 4 to 12 are playing at Parker Park this year, and about another 80 13-to 18-year-olds will play during the upcoming Babe Ruth season. 

Weve got 27 4-year olds this year, Soles said. Thats incredible, that weve got that many little ones playing.” 

Shep Moss presented South Hill Baseballs annual scholarship at the event. This years recipient of the Shep Moss Academic Scholarship Award is longtime Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth player Jarrett Hamby, a junior at Park View High and member of the varsity team.  

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Shep Moss congratulates Jarrett Hamby on receiving a scholarship from South Hill Baseball. 

Moss said a number of former Dixie Youth players have gone on to play in college or are about to do so.

South Hill Dixie Youth lays a lot of foundation for our youth to continue their further careers, and I think were very, very proud of that, Moss said.

But Moss also encouraged the players to enjoy themselves, saying that some of them will stop playing after the age of 12.  

Dont worry about the scoreboard, Moss said. Dont worry about your win and loss record. Worry about your friendships and the good time that you have playing Dixie Youth Baseball.” 

Soles encouraged everyone in attendance to thank the businesses in the community that have sponsored Dixie Youth

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Players listen to the National Anthem. 

Weve redone the batting cage nets, weve done some things in the batting cage, at the field, theres some more things coming, and thats all because of these businesses in town that are so open to giving money to help us play baseball, Soles said. 

This years sponsors include Total Image Solutions, Farm Bureau, Touchstone, Benchmark Community Bank, Quik Fuel, S&K Dozer, Airtec, TCD Construction, Wilsons BBQ, Citizens Bank & Trust, Cleansweep Chimney, HHM Event Rentals, Sadler Salvage, Newmart, and Big Fork Farms. There are 15 Dixie Youth teams at Parker Park this year.