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Hattiesburg Dixie Juniors try to break 30-year drought


Jeff Farris' team got a pretty good send-off when they left for Christiansburg, Va. early Thursday morning. Sure enough, a charter bus complete with police escort isn't a bad way to travel, but he wants an even bigger welcoming party when they come back.

The Hattiesburg 13-year old Dixie Juniors will play in this weekend's World Series and if they win it all, they would break a three-decade long drought. The the Dixie Juniors (same age group) last captured a world series title in 1982.

But showing up to the bus at Cameron Field with their pillows, blankets, and breakfast, they didn't seem too focused on or worried about that. At least at the moment, why should they be? They're undefeated heading to Virginia, and are capable of breaking a scoreboard from over-use. The team put up 25 runs in its first outing against Laurel.

Farris believes there's a reason for that. "They play as a team. They love to play for each other," he said, "One through 13, no matter what, if one of them hits a home run, they're happy as can be for each other. They're just a very special group."

The only things that worry Farris heading into the weekend is how little he and his team knows about their opponents, and the fact that not having suffered a loss means his team hasn't faced any adversity yet. It's still not enough to out-weigh the confidence he has in his players.

"We've practiced hard, and they're fired up," Farris says, "We've spoiled them a little bit, put them on a nice charter bus, 11 and a half-hour ride, let's go play some baseball."

Their first game is Saturday at 1:00 pm eastern time against North Carolina.

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