Hayden Payne of Albany, Ga. swings at a pitch during last year’s Dizzy Dean 9U World Series game against the Montevallo, Ala. Bulldogs at Snowden Grove Park. The first of several divisions of the organization’s baseball and softball World Series will begin play back in Southaven next weekend. 

Bob Bakken|DTT (file photo)

Young baseball and softball players will soon invade Southaven and DeSoto County in their annual trek for the Dizzy Dean baseball and softball World Series.

Snowden Grove Park and Greenbrook Park in Southaven will again be busy with young players hoping to win titles in divisions ranging from 6-18 years of age.

The organization, similar to Little League but based primarily in the southeastern United States, has been holding its World Series in Southaven the past several years.

In November 2014, the organization that has Danny Phillips of Hernando as its commissioner, renewed its agreement with the city of Southaven to continue holding the World Series for 10 years through the year 2025 after the city agreed to make improvements to the facilities, giving it a more “stadium-like” feel, which it has.

Softball will be the first on deck, with games scheduled to begin at Greenbrook Park Thursday, July 13, after teams report and opening ceremonies are held on July 12. 

Five divisions of baseball will be next up, with age divisions 7, 9, 11, 14, and juniors to report on Friday, July 14 and play at Snowden Grove to start on Saturday, July 15.

Eight-year-old baseball teams will arrive on Wednesday, July 19 and play at Greenbrook Park to start on Thursday, July 20. 

The final series of tournaments will commence when baseball teams in age divisions 6, 10, 12, 13 and seniors arrive on Friday, July 21 and games begin at Snowden Grove Park on Saturday, July 22. 

No DeSoto County baseball or softball teams reached the finals in their respective divisions at the World Series last year, although the Southaven All-Stars won the Sportsmanship Award in the 13-year-old division, the Horn Lake All-Stars were given the Sportsmanship Award in the 16-year-old baseball division, and the Hernando All-Stars won the Sportsmanship Award in the six-and-under division. 

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240. 

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