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Division baseball races heat up

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By Dwane Wilder

As the end of the regular season draws near for Campbell County Youth Baseball and Softball teams, there are a couple of hotly contested division championship races among the older age groups playing Dixie Youth Baseball.

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The Fight for the Cure team currently holds down the top spot in the 11-12 division, but Po-Hos Ice Cream is running a close second. The Giants are ranked third, while the Marlins are fourth.

In the 9-10 division, the Reds remain in first place but are being challenged by the team coached by Jerry Foust. The Just Sports Giants are ranked third, while Jason Rutherford and Jason Daugherty are coaches of the fourth and fifth place teams, respectively.

In the other two Dixie Youth Baseball age groups, the Rangers (7-8) and Braves (5-6) have comfortable division leads. In the 7-8 age group, teams coached by Jerry Foust and Nathan Asher are ranked second and third.

In Little League Softball, the Princess Lions hold down the top spot in the 11-14 age group.

Total Chaos currently leads the 9-10 age group, while the Lady Hurricanes are ranked first in the 7-8 age group.

This has been a transition year for the Dixie Youth program, which combined teams from the Caryville, Jacksboro and LaFollette to form a countywide league. 

Over 500 kids participated this year in either Dixie Youth Baseball or Little League Softball as part of the overall Campbell County Youth Baseball and Softball League.

Campbell County will host a sub-district baseball tournament for 11-12 age group teams the weekend of June 22-23. Scottie Mayfield, a candidate for U.S. Congressman, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch on Friday, June 22.

Campbell County will also host a 5-6 age group baseball tournament the weekend of June 29-30.