The Georgia State Warriors 6-years-old and younger baseball team, representing Canton Baseball, won the 2020 Dizzy Dean Georgia State Championship over the weekend, adding yet another title to their growing collection of accolades in 2020.
The team, which lost in last year’s Georgia State Championship game, was able to come out on top this year thanks to a dominating offensive performance throughout the tournament, putting up a staggering 49 runs. The Georgia State Warriors defeated their first opponent, the Acworth Warriors, by a score of 17-2. The team then faced off against the Hopewell Mustangs, who had the lead on the Warriors until the final inning, before the Warriors were able to pull ahead, ultimately finishing off the Mustangs by a score of 17-15.
In the championship game, the Warriors’ offense was too much for the Oregon Park West Cobb Wahoos, winning by a score of 15-5 and adding their names and numbers to Mauldin Parks list of champions.
“Mauldin Park in Canton will be putting up a banner that displays the kids’ names and numbers for the Georgia State Champions for this tournament,” said Taylor Lathem, mother of Warriors Baseball player Malcolm Lathem. “The park orders a banner that says Canton States Champions 2020 6U, which will hang on the fence for many years to come.”
Before the tournament was played last Sunday, the teams played pool play games on Saturday to determine seeding. Pool play is where the team lost their first game of 2020, but Lathem said that the loss did not discourage them and only fueled the fire to win the state tournament. Before that loss in pool play, the team was undefeated through four tournaments and had won three championships. Lathem said the team was ecstatic about their previous accomplishments, but they realized that the 6U Dizzy Dean Georgia State Championship was truly something special because it was the “big one.”
“We really wanted to win this tournament because not only would it be their first ever 6U Dizzy Dean Georgia State Championship, but it would also mean that the boys would be forever recognized at the park for this accomplishment,” Lathem said. “As a whole, we were extremely happy because this team is like one big family. It’s amazing to see one of the boys make a great play because you end up getting the same feeling of joy as if it were your own kid making that play.”
The team consists of the best baseball players in this age range from Canton’s baseball park. All of the kids are from Canton Dizzy Dean Baseball and had to try out to make the team. The Warriors have played a total of 19 games, accumulating a record of 18-1 across five tournaments so far this summer.
The Warriors will be looking to add another championship to the collection this weekend as they take part in the Training Legend Tournament, with the winning team receiving a jumbo ring and jersey.