State champ Debs head to World Series

Dixie Debs

A victorious team looks towards the World Series.

CHRISTEY KIRVIN | Special to the Times
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 03:45 PM.

Franklin County’s Dixie Debs swept through the state tournament last weekend without a loss, and are now poised to represent Florida next month in the World Series in Alexandria, La.

In addition to five straight wins and the state title, for the girls, age 18 and under, Coach Kevin Newell’s squad captured the sportsmanship trophy, voted on by the umpires and state directors.

“Our team had an incredible attitude,” said Newell.

The Debs had lost six players from last year’s state champion team, but drew suitable replacements, including Port St Joe’s Brittany King, whose two three-run homers in the opening game worried opposing pitchers. “She probably drew the most walks,” said Newell.

Anchoring the squad were three returners in their last year - Morgan Newell, Morgan Kelley and Christina Collins.

“They were beyond happy,” said the coach. “Those three were pretty emotional they won state again.”

Also playing were Shannon Pridgeon, Ally Millender, Gracyn Kirvin, Maddie Newell, Ashley Carroll and Marlyn Lee, and Hannah Winkler. Assistant coaches are Matt Kelley and Allen Millender.

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