Eighty-six to ten.
There’s no doubt about it: Dadeville’s 7- and 8-year old all-star baseball team was dominating, as it defeated its opponents 86-10 en route to the Dixie Youth League District 10 Division 2 championship Wednesday night.
“We played defense that you really don’t see at this age group and then at the same time, I could not name an MVP on this team,” Dadeville coach Greg Patterson said. “Everyone on this team has done their part both offensively and defensively. We’re not exactly where we want to be because there’s a lot of improvement that we can make. But at the same time, the defense is unrivaled for 7- and 8-year-olds. Our offense was definitely unrivaled in this tournament.”
Dadeville started its dismantling of the opposition this weekend, earning a 26-0 defeat over Valley before beating Macon County, 16-2. Despite having what assistant coach Marcus Motes called Dadeville’s worst showing, the all-stars still managed to beat Beauregard, 12-2, Monday night.
After topping Reeltown 18-3 in the semifinals, Dadeville had another date with Beauregard on Wednesday in the championship game. Dadeville once again came out on top, finishing off Beauregard in four innings with a 14-3 victory.
What was most impressive to Patterson was just how much of a team effort the tournament victory was. He said one person would have a big game one night then if he was down the next night, his teammates were right there to pick him up.
“Truly, there could’ve been an MVP a couple games ago and that could’ve been three or four deep then you’d have three or four more this game,” Patterson said. “Everybody has pulled their part. Everybody has done an outstanding job. It’s been a true team effort, and I’m hoping we can keep that going.”
After being runner-up last year, Dadeville was more than thrilled to hoist the first-place trophy.
“It’s awesome,” Patterson said simply. “We ain’t done yet.”
Dadeville will now head to the state tournament which begins July 12 in Tuscaloosa, and although Patterson isn’t exactly sure what to expect out of his competition, he knows Dadeville is going to be a tough game for anyone if it plays like it did at districts.
“I don’t have any outlook in terms of what the other teams are going to look like,” he said. “But we are going to take these next couple weeks and we’re going to get better. We’re going to give our best shot when we get there.”