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Appomattox Headed to Dixie Youth World Series

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Appomattox, VA -  The Appomattox Ozone All-stars are on their way to the Dixie Youth World Series in Mississippi this weekend. They'll be the only team representing Virginia in the competition.

The Ozone All-stars have been living, breathing and sleeping baseball for five weeks straight.

"They're practicing two to three hours a day, every day, Saturday's, Sunday's, they've just really put in the time," said Sharon Drinkard, Mother of one of the Ozone-Allstars.

Since June 2 they've had only two days off.

WSET asked All-star Drew Mann, "Do you ever go home and keep practicing?

No, I'm too tired," said Mann laughing.

And all that hard work paid off in full. They've played nine games straight and won them all, snatching a state title and getting a ticket to the World Series.

"I'm excited," said Noah White, Ozone-Allstars.

So what's the secret to their success?

 "It's a lot of things, patience, heart, desire you know, willing to work, and these kids have worked really hard for this," said Ozone All-star Manager Luke Paulette.

Paulette says he knew all along, this group of kids had something special and believes if they want to go even further they will.

"You know, who knows, if they continue to work hard there could be one out there that could play in the pros one day," said Paulette.

These ball players seem to have the winning attitude to go along with it.

"I feel pretty great, I think we're going to go down there and win something," said White.

"We're proud, we're excited to go represent Virginia, but as a mom, I'm ecstatic that they get to get the experience to go to a world series," said Drinkard.

Some of the team already started the drive to Mississippi Wednesday. Their first game in the World Series is this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Arkansas.
 
To help with the teams expenses for the trip you can contact Sharon Drinkard at 434-664-7394.

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