CHIPLEY, FL (WJHG/WECP) The city of Chipley is gearing up to host some championship, high school level baseball starting Saturday.
That city is hosting the Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball World Series, which will bring in a dozen teams, with high school aged players, 17 and under, in a round robin event.
One of those helping to organize and run it, Chipley High School baseball head coach Andy Compton.
"We're having 11 state champions here in Chipley." coach Compton tells us. "Florida, to Texas up to North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina to Virginia. You know it's a big event for our community. The economic impact, we had this thing in 2014, was like 360 thousand dollars for our community. And that's kind of why we do it, and it's just a great event for our city."
And the competition will be very good, with these teams full of players who are stars back on the hometown high school teams.
"Twelve teams from the eleven states that play Dixie Baseball will be here." says Compton. "Eleven states and our team, the host team. 17 and under, our teams are high school aged, this is Dixie Pre-Majors, the majors is 19 and under, this is Pre-Majors."
Coach Compton will be coaching the local team which is made up of players from Chipley, Mosley, South Walton, Marianna and Blountstown.
The opening banquet is Friday night, the games begin Saturday and the double elimination event runs through Wednesday.