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Chipley youth leagues make rec sports history

Chipley girls got down in the dirt this season when all three Chipley All-Star softball teams
qualified and played in the state championships for the first time in history. Five out of six
teams in softball/baseball made it to the district championship and won, setting them on a
journey to battle for the state title.
The community turned out the day before the start of the championships to see the town’s
All-Star softball teams off on their journey to Odessa, Florida, where the games would be
The Darlings, 7-8 years old, came in second in their division with The Ponytails, the team of
11- and 12-year-old girls, bringing home third place in their division. The 9- and 10-year-old-
girls, the Angels, played for the state championship in Odessa on July 10.
The Angels came home in second place with a 6-3 loss against West Pasco for the state
championship. Had the Angels won, the team would have gone on to play in the Dixie
Softball World Series in Tennessee.
The boys’ teams each made it to championship games in Sebring, which were held earlier
this month. The 11 and 12-year-olds’ team, Ozone, and the 9 and 10-year-olds, known as
AAA, each won the District Championship with an undefeated record in tournament play but
fell short at the State Championship despite their hard work and dedication.
The 7-8 year-olds’ team, AA, (Coach Pitch All Stars) brought home first runner-up at the 2023
Dixie Youth State Tournament in Marianna on July 1 and 2. In their first day of action, the

boys faced a tough opponent, Desoto County, although they fell short with a 10-5 score. The
next day, Chipley had a showdown against Okeechobee but were defeated in this game.

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