By ValleySportsNow Thursday, July 21 2011 00:00
New River (composed of players from Christiansburg, Radford and Montgomery County) has advanced to VA Dixie Boys State championship best 2 out of 3 series against Halifax County. Game 1 will be Thursday, July 21 @ 6:00 pm and game 2 @ 8:30 pm. All games will be played at the Harkrader Sports Complex.
If necessary, game 3 will be played on Friday, July 22 (time TBA). The state champion will advance to the World Series in Beaufort, South Carolina.
The state tournament, which started July 15, begun with 21 teams competing.
History of the New River team: "I had an idea for Christiansburg, Radford, and Montgomery County to franchise together to field a more competitive teams for VA State Tournaments, Dixie World Series, and promote baseball for this age group," said Art Price, Director of Christiansburg Parks and Recreation. "After several planning meetings, Christiansburg, Radford and Montgomery County thought it was a great idea and we franchised together. I sincerely appreciate the support of Ken Goodyear, Greg Holbrook, Mitchell Haugh, Chris Slusser, Chuck Muncy, Nick Yopp, and Brian Lambert for making this idea work. I love it when a plan takes shape."
"It has been a great experience for the kids, coaches, parents, and all involved. In addition, three local government agencies have been working together. It has been a very rewarding experience and I look forward to many years of the same," added Price.
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