Dixie Youth Baseball players bond during power outage

MONROE, The. (KTVE/KARD) – The 2022 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series began Friday, July 22 and continued through Sunday, July 24.

Sports are known for bringing people together, but what if the players can’t use the pitch? On Saturday, two opposing teams found a way to bond despite a power outage canceling their game. JD Jones played for the East Ouachita Recreation District 9U All-Stars team. According to his mother, Ragan Bailey, his team was preparing to play against a team from Oak Grove, Mississippi, when the field lights went out.

“Mississippi, Oak Grove pitchers were warming up. And then the lights flickered and went completely out. Of course, there was still some daylight. The sun was setting,” Bailey said. “And there were other teams preparing to play on the 11U pitches as well. But they turned on for another split second, and it completely turned off after that.

Someone turned on the Cha-Cha-Slide waiting to play. Their opponent started dancing on the field. So, their parents told Jones’ team to join them. According to Bailey, the parents heard of a car accident on Finks Hideaway Road that caused the power outage.

“What was probably an upheaval turned into a very, very, positive thing,” Bailey said. “We ended up interacting with the team that we probably would have only played and said goodbye. They ended up having a fantastic time with each other.

According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, a large tree branch fell on power lines in the 1100 block of Finks Hideaway Road near the baseball stadium. Deputies could not confirm whether this caused the power outage, but reported that Entergy had come to respond.

Your weather station contacted Entergy, which confirmed weather-related power outages on Friday. However, we are still awaiting news from Entergy regarding the power outage reported on Saturday. Despite the canceled game, the moment brought happiness to teams and parents, according to Bailey.

“It made us all feel wonderful. I spoke to the parents of the team in Oak Grove, Mississippi. I said to them, ‘I think that’s pretty much one of the best times our boys have had as a whole team because it was a fun time, there was no pressure on them. ‘ Bailey said. “They ended up feeling like they were able to have a conversation and interact with what was really supposed to be their opponent.”

Bailey thanked the East Ouachita Recreation District/Ouachita Parish Sports Complex for hosting this year’s Dixie Youth Baseball World Series because “it was an absolute experience that we will never forget.” .

According to the Entergy website, he restored power to the area. Bailey’s son took part in a bracket game on Sunday.

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