The event, which is hosted by Gordon County Parks & Recreation, as well as the Gordon County Board of Commissions, will be held at the Sonoraville Recreation Complex from July 16-23.
“This is probably the biggest event in our short history and it means a great deal to us,” said Derrick McDaniel, the Director of Parks & Recreation for Gordon County. “We are excited to host something like this. It allows us to showcase the Sonoraville Recreation Complex and the surrounding community.”
Between 45 and 50 teams from all over the southeast are expected to participate in the event, with Georgia sponsoring the most teams overall.
Two local teams from Gordon County have made the tourney this year, the Yardawgs and the Lightning.
“We are very proud to represent Gordon County in this years tourney,” said Yardawgs Head Coach Chris Godfrey. “The kids have worked hard all summer and this is going to be a great experience for everyone.”
"We are excited to have this opportunity to compete in the Dizzy Dean Little League World Series," said Lighning Head Coach Brian Childers. "We want to extend our graditude to all of our sponsors and supporters who have made this opportunity possible."
The World Series will kick off opening ceremonies on Thursday with a parade featuring the participating teams and all three local high schools. (For full itinerary see sidebar). The Chic-fil-a cow will also be at the opening, as well as the antique tractor.
The tournament will start Friday with pool play for the first few days and then drop into a double elimination format.
For more information on the Dizzy Dean World Series go to www.sonoraville.net.