Boger City Sweetees’ run at 6-under World Series title comes up short
By RYAN HERMAN
The Boger City Sweetees’ dream of winning the inaugural 6-under Dixie Youth softball world series may have came to an end, but being there was something the young girls will never forget.
The Sweetees were eliminated from the nine-team tournament in Mississippi after a pair of losses on Sunday, but the defeats weren’t enough to damper a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 12 up-and-coming softball players and their coaches.
And they can all say something that no other Sweetees-aged Dixie Youth softball player or coach can say: The all-star team from Boger City won the first Sweetees world series game ever played.
“We’re just glad to be here and happy to have actually won a game,” said assistant coach Adam Turbyfill, whose players defeated the host team, Bay St. Louis, 15-1 on Saturday before suffering back-to-back losses to Louisiana and South Carolina on Sunday. “It’s a cool and unforgettable experience, though, to actually be in a world series and represent your state.”
The team, made up of Akira Connor, Lorelye Turbyfill, Whitney Newell, Grace Parker, Gabby Parker, Alexis Rector, Breanna Childers, Raegan Allen, Aidyn Armstrong, Bailey Hollar, Taniyah Thomas, Aniston Moore, and coached by head coach Kevin Newell and assistants Derek Allen, Stephen Parker and Turbyfill, went undefeated in the state tournament for the second straight year en route to the world series.
After the opening ceremonies on Friday, Boger City opened with its win over Bay St. Louis to jump-start the tournament. But a lack of practice with a coach pitching the softball instead of hitting from a tee showed up in its next two games, Turbyfill said.
The team will return to Lincoln County, however, with the distinction of being the first to win a Sweetees world series game –– and that’s something to be proud of.
“We did win the first-ever Sweetees Dixie Youth World Series game,” Turbyfill said. “That’s something nobody else can say.”