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The Babe Ruth State Champs
Photo courtesy of Daire Ellis

2 more Tallassee state titles

By Michael Butler

Two Tallassee teams claimed state titles over the weekend. The 15U Babe Ruth Baseball all-stars won the championship in Sylacauga. The 6U stars did the same in Dixie Youth Softball in Troy.

For the girls, its their second of the all-star season. The same team won the NSA state title in Alex City on June 23. It is also back-to-back seasons for state championships with the 6U age group.

Once again. the Tallassee girls swept the field at Dixie just as they did at NSA with victories over Greenhill (26-1), Troy (10-5), Underwood (16-2), Troy again (21-10) and Enterprise for the trophy on Monday (18-15).

"It wasn't our best game," head coach Ron Taylor said of the title game, "but the girls never gave up. We were down 13-11 at the end of the third. (It was) the first time all season we got behind. The girls showed they truly deserved the championship."

The 6U Dixie Youth Softball State Champions
Submitted by Adam Clayton

The Tallassee boys topped host team Sylacauga 8-4 in the championship match on Monday. It was the same team that handed the Tallassee team their only defeat, 8-2. Tallassee also beat Central Alabama (10-3), West Alabama (4-1) and Brewton (8-2).

"Thanks for all the support we received from the entire community. The fans and parents a had a great impact on the way we played," manager Justin Ellis stated. "We played a solid tournament overall. There are a few things we need to get cleaned up over the next week and a half, so this team has not yet reached its full potential.

"Give all the credit to the kids because they played like champions in the state tournament. They fought every play and had the mental toughness that it takes to be a champion. Now we will take our group to Andalusia for the regional tournament. We will need all the support that we can get from the local communities. It will be tough, but our kids are mentally tough enough to bring some more hardware back to Tallassee."

The Babe Ruth Regional Tourament begins on July 19 in Andalusia. The Dixie Youth Softball World Series starts on July 27 in Alexandria, La.

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