Throughout the course of Carroll County athletic history, many good players, coaches and teams have come and gone. At the high school level, Carroll’s sports teams have had successful seasons in football, basketball, soccer, and other sports. The Cavalier volleyball program has been dominant in the Southwest District and the region for well over the past decade. But throughout history, baseball has consistently been the sport that Carroll teams have been the best at. But as good as hardball has been, Carroll has only had one team win a baseball state title at the little league or dixie youth level prior to this year. That happened 22 years ago.
But baseball has undergone a revival of sorts this season with five different Carroll County teams earning berths in state tournaments. In the Dixie Youth Minors tournament, Carroll sent both of its teams to the district title game, with coach Moe Davis earning his first trip to the state tournament in 26 years of coaching. And despite suffering a setback to Floyd County early in the tournament, the Carroll County Dixie Boys (14 year olds) battled through the losers’ bracket and topped Floyd twice in the championship round to earn a ticket to the state tournament.
Regardless of how these teams fare going forward, they all deserve our support and praise for their hard work, dedication, and more importantly, for displaying exemplary sportsmanship in the process. Carroll’s trip to the Dixie World Series has taken hold of the community and given us something to be excited about during a tough economic time. Four other Carroll teams advancing to the state tournament has added even more excitement to summer of 2009.
Congratulations boys and good luck! Thanks for allowing us to take this great ride with you!