Selma/Dallas County little league squad wins Dixie Youth title

Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 9, 2022

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The Selma/Dallas County 9/10 year old team of Children’s Dentistry of Central Alabama Yankees came away with the Dixie Youth Baseball League Championship recently at the Dallas County Sportsplex.

The Yankees finished the season with a 17-0 record.

The squad also won a championship in the Dallas County/Valley Grande tournament held in Valley Grande.

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According to head coach James Roberts, a dominant pitching rotation led by Holden Osborn, Pope Roberts, Tucker Roberts and Jase Wilkinson – which combined to throw 9 no-hitters on the season – powered the squad through the season.

Team members Holden Osborn, Pope Roberts, Jase Wilkinson, Clayton King and Landon Rives were also part of the 2021 team that went 15-0, making them one of the only teams in recent memory to go two straight years without a loss.

“We had a few more close games than last year’s team, but these boys never gave in,” Roberts said. “There were two or three games this year I really thought the streak was about to be over, but these boys showed the heart of a champion with some clutch hitting and our pitchers being able to pound the strike zone.

“We had two kids that had never played a lick of baseball and one of them, Tae Ford, ended up with two huge hits in our championship game. (I’m) just super proud of all these kids.”