Gonzales Ready for Dixie Youth World Series

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Anticipation has been building for months for the Dixie Youth World Series.

After months of planning, Gonzales will host a series of events from Aug. 6-12.

The economic impact is expected to exceed a million dollars. Hotels in Gonzales, along with Donaldsonville and Baton Rouge, will be booked with World series teams and officials. That translates into a direct impact for the local economy, including the tourism and retail sectors.

A total of 22 teams will be in the area. The teams are state championship winners from 11 southeastern states in both the 11- and 12-year-old division and the 9- and 10-year old division. Two spots are reserved for Gonzales host teams.

The city last hosted a Dixie Youth World Series in 1989. That tournament was for the 13- to 15-year-old division.

Here’s a breakdown of the series schedule:

Friday, Aug. 6

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m.:?Team registration and sign-in at the Ascension Chamber of Commerce at 1006 W. Hwy. 30, Gonzales. Host families will greet the teams.

• 2-3:30 p.m.:?Around the Horn and Home Run Derby at T-Joe Parks (behind the fire station).

• 5:30-6:30 p.m.:?Players Banquet at Lamar-Dixon Trade Mart for players, coaches and DYB officials only.

• 7 p.m.: Opening ceremonies at East Ascension’s Spartan Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7

• 9:30 a.m.:?Director’s wives shopping at Tanger Outlet Center.

• Noon: Directors seafood luncheon at Gonzales Civic Center.

• 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 p.m.: Games begin at T-Joe Parks, Bergeron/Gaudin Field and EA Girls.

• 7 p.m.:?Recognize and introduce the 1986 State Champions at T-Joe Parks (behind fire station).

Sunday, Aug. 8

• 11 a.m.: Fellowship of Christian Athletes event at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium. General public invited.

• 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 p.m.: Games at T-Joe Parks, Bergeron/Gaudin Field and EA?Girls.

Monday, Aug. 9

• 9:30 a.m.: Director’s wives Houmas House tour and lunch.

• 6 and 8 p.m.: Games at T-Joe Parks, Bergeron/Gaudin Field and EA?Girls.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

• 7:30 a.m.:?Directors Golf Tournament at Pelican Point.

• 6 and 8 p.m.: Game at T-Joe Parks.

Thursday, Aug. 12

• 10 and 11 a.m.: Championship Games at T-Joe Parks.

• 6 and 7 p.m.:?Championship Games, if necessary.

For more information on the series, visit the city’s Web site at:?gonzalesla.com.

– by Michael Tortorich