- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
It has been six years since a South Boston-Halifax County Dixie Majors all-star baseball team has played in the World Series. When the local all-stars begin World Series play against Polk County, Fla. at 4 p.m. Saturday, they will be looking to plow some fresh ground.
A South Boston all-star team finished fourth in the Dixie Majors World Series in 2001 finish. That is the highest finish by a Virginia team in the Dixie Majors World Series.
South Boston manager Mark Nichols is hoping that will change in the coming days.
“We hope we can do well,” Nichols said.
“I know there is going to be some tough competition there.”
One of the keys to the South Boston team’s success will be pitching.
“Our pitching is eight or nine deep, and I hope none of the other teams have that,” Nichols pointed out.
“It will be important that we be in good shape with our pitching come Monday, if we are still alive in the tournament. Everybody will have to play two games on Monday. There are rules about how often pitchers can pitch and so forth and who you can throw will depend upon what time your games are. You can’t burn up all of your pitching the first two days. Everybody has the same schedule. I’m hoping our pitching is deeper than anyone else’s.”
Nichols is going to be leaning on players that have previously played in a World Series to help those that have not.
“I know some of these guys are nervous because it’s their first World Series,” Nichols said.
“Seven of our players have never been to a World Series. Most of the older kids have not gone to a World Series. But, I think they’ll be ready for it.”
As far as offense and defense go, South Boston had a good run in the state tournament. Nichols is confident on both fronts.
“We swung the bat well during the state tournament,” Nichols said.
“Overall, our defense played well. A few plays that we should have made we didn’t make. On the other hand, we made a lot of spectacular plays that we weren’t supposed to make. We’ve got the defense to do it. It’s just a matter of getting it done.”
Nichols said he is pleased with what the team has accomplished thus far and that his team is ready to play.
“I’ve got a bunch of players that have a whole lot of heart to play baseball,” Nichols remarked.
“I don’t have any superstars, but I have 12 real good ballplayers that give everything they have every time they step out onto the field. I think the guys are going to come out ready to play.”