The 11-and-under baseball team consisting of players from Aragon as well as Rockmart and Cedartown will be in Jackson County this weekend for the division’s final tournament.
Playing under the name of the Aragon Outlaws in the 10-and-under bracket last year, the majority of the same kids finished seventh at the World Series in Southaven, Miss.
This year, the team won the Dizzy Dean District 2 championship by going undefeated at the seven-team tournament in Cartersville last month and then finished second out of 13 teams at the state tournament last week in Blue Ridge.
Their top-three finish allowed them to represent the state in the Dizzy Dean World Series once again.
“It’s been very beneficial to have the same kids on the team,” said team manager Jerome Bowman.
“The kids know each other and being able to have them in the same positions makes a big difference. It has also allowed the team to gel more and it seems to have paid off.”
The team plays the majority of their games in Floyd and Bartow counties but practice at Jake Belk Field in Aragon.
“We have great support from not only the parents but also local residents,” Bowman said. “A lot of them travel with the team and it’s amazing, especially when we go off to tournaments and the stands are just full with our fans.”
The Outlaws won the 10-and-under District 2 title last year and finished third at state to earn the right to play in the Dizzy Dean World Series in their first year as a team.
Parents helped revitalize Jake Belk Field in Aragon as part of the team’s beginnings.
“We appreciate the City of Aragon for all of their support and for allowing us to use Jake Belk Field as our home base once again,” Bowman said.