Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Utah: Dixie Little League (St. George, UT)

The first of our state champion previews starts with Utah which finished up this week. Based on the chatter out there, Dixie Little League may have a shot to be the first Utah team to reach Williamsport. It's a tall task, however.

Thirty-Year History:
State champions – 1997, 1990, and 1989.

Number of Majors Teams: 8


Mason Creager
Boston Miller
Chandler Welch
Bronson Andrus
Wyatt Woodland
Blake Milne
Jayden Peterson
Brenden Blanchard
Collin Garrett
Bo Barben
Austin Hepworth
Landon Levine

Preview: Dixie last won the Utah state championship back in 1997 when the West included the Northwest. That year, Dixie made a great run through the tournament all the way to the winners’ bracket final. Utah is a single-district state which doubles as the state tournament. Dixie went 4-0 through the tournament while shutting out its first three opponents. Dixie averaged nearly 17 runs per game.

Dixie has home run power throughout the lineup and obviously a strong pitching staff. Wyatt Woodland hits three home runs in the last two games and Mason Creager added a pair of homers in the state final.

Dixie coach Nate Andrus won a state title for Dixie on the 1989 team… he was coached by his father, much like the current team with his son Bronson.

The Utah state champions will open up the West region with the first game of the tournament against Nevada on Friday August 2 at 11:45am.

You can find articles about Dixie from their local newspaper: The Spectrum

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