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Hattiesburg Dixie Majors, Oak Grove Babe Ruth teams face elimination; Jones County advances

Both Laurel and Hattiesburg wrapped up day one of post-season youth league baseball today. Laurel is hosting the Dixie Majors World Series, while Oak Grove High School is busy hosting the Babe Ruth 15-year old Southwest Regional.

Coincidently enough, both events featured matchups of local talent.

Most of the interest in Laurel centered around the 7:00 pm matchup. Hattiesburg (Pine Belt) faced off with host team Laurel-Jones County. The team further north got the better of Hattiesburg, as Jones County walked away with the round one 3-1 win.

Over at Oak Grove, the host Warriors must now win to stay alive after a 9-4 loss at the hands of Southwest, Mississippi. Friday night, Oak Grove took down Madisonville of Louisiana 4-2, and they'll have to beat Del Rio of Texas in order to advance.

Day one is in the books, which may mean a little big more to the Oak Grove Athletics Association. The reason? As early two months ago, they weren't planning on hosting anything.

About six weeks ago, the original host site for the tournament backed out, leaving Oak Grove the burden of compressing over a year's worth of preparation into just over five weeks.

"Normally when a tournament like this is put on, the host site will have about 18 months from the time they get the bid until they get the tournament and put it on," said David Judice, president of the Oak Grove Athletics Association.

"David and his group of volunteers stepped up and has really made the best of not a good situation," acknowledged Allen Turner, assistant southwest director of the Babe Ruth tournament, "(We) typically don't have a site back out at the last minute, but they stepped up putting this together.

"They've done a phenomenal job."

"I think the Oak Grove family has really drawn together to work on this," said Judice, "and it's helped out through all the work that's gone in to putting this tournament on."

First pitch for the warriors is set for 11:00 am at Oak Grove on Sunday, while Hattiesburg also faces a must-win situation, starting at 1:00 pm against Columbia County of Georgia tomorrow in Laurel. Jones County can again rest until the evening hours, as they'll take on Terrebonne Parish of Louisiana Sunday at 7:00 pm.  

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