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YOUTH PLAYOFFS
Rain doesn't spoil baseball fun

By Ashley Hargrove
sports@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

Strongs storms that passed through the area Friday night didn't seem to dampen the spirits of those participating in the Dixie Youth baseball All-Star tournament in Priceville. Shortly after 10 p.m. play resumed following a two hour-rain delay.

In the meantime, players on the Hartselle National's 9- and 10-year-old team spent their time talking about what they would be doing if they weren't playing baseball.

"I would probably be playing baseball at home," Curtis Russell said.

Video games seemed to be a common answer among teammates Lon Starr, Dustin Stephenson and Austin Maner.

Even though Jaxon Peebles and Lane Anders weren't exactly sure what they would be doing, they both agreed that it would probably be something related to baseball.

"I really don't know," Peebles said. " I would probably be playing a baseball video game or playing at home."

For Tyler Bullard and Josh McCarley, summer wouldn't be summer without swimming involved.

"I'd definitely be swimming," Bullard said. "After playing in the heat, it's a nice way to cool off."

Morgan American West 11, Athens American 1: Ryan Madwell's home run in the bottom of the first got Morgan American West on the board early, scoring Justin Morgan and Justin Jones for a 3-1 lead in the first.

A hit by Patrick Doherty scored Slater Robinson putting, Morgan American West up 4-1 going into the third inning.

Errors cost Athens in the bottom of the third, allowing 5 runs. Chase Guillott's hit in the bottom of the fourth scored the winning run for Morgan American West.

Jacob Kelsoe scored the only Athens run in the top of the first on a Harrison Nelson hit.

Due to the rain delay, scores from other games were unavailable at press time.

DYB honors Aycox

During the opening of Friday night's Dixie Youth Baseball All-Star tournament in Priceville, Josh Aycox of Hartselle was presented with the Dixie Youth Baseball scholarship for his hard work and dedication to the league. The scholarship is valued at $2,000.

The Dixie Youth Baseball scholarship is awarded each year by the Dixie Youth Baseball Inc.

- Ashley Hargrove

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