CLARKTON – A worship service and baseball games were on the agenda for teams here in the Dixie Youth Baseball State Championship tournament on Sunday.
Carey Wrenn, the director general, said that organizations put God and country above everything else.
“We’ve had as many as 300 in this service before,” Wrenn said.
Although the gathering was smaller this fourth of July Sunday, attendees at Clarkton Presbyterian Church were engaged. Malakye Rogers of Bladen County said his favorite part was when Howard Faircloth sang.
“It was cool,” Rogers said. “He sang us a song.”
West Chatham and Columbus County had good representations.
Wrenn attended the service and tried to make it as interactive as possible to keep the children engaged and focused. He recalled the inspirational speech that took place on Friday night at the opening ceremony.
The Secretary of State picked up two different books Friday night – the Bible and the Dixie Youth Handbook. He pointed out that one of the most important commandments was to honor the mother and the father. Among a few questions he asked the players, he asked what command he was talking about two nights earlier.
“The message was that God loves us and to love one another,” said Phillip Michael Richardson, an 8-year-old who plays for Columbus County.
His father, also Phillip Richardson, thought it was a wonderful service, and he was glad he brought his son to attend.
Wrenn said Dixie Youth provides scholarships to former players, including $ 170,000 to 85 former players in 2019.
The tournament continues Monday and Tuesday, with a game possible on Wednesday. Host Bladen County was eliminated with another loss on Sunday.
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