Baseball Brings Big Bucks to the Wiregrass

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

Friends, family and fans will pack the bleachers on Friday to kick off the Alabama State Dixie Youth Baseball tournament.

"Our best estimates is we are expecting 1000-200 unique individuals coming through those gates," said Jody Singleton, tournament chairperson.

This is the first time the area has had a state level sports event in headland and local businesses are swingin' for the fences.

"We have tried to staff up and be ready for them in an event that they do join us for a meal or two," said Chuck Lueck, owner El Dorado Steakhouse.

"We are fully staffed and ready to come in," said Starr Folger, manager of The Oyster Bar and Steamer.

And they're offering incentives to get customers through the doors.

"We offered each child 10% off to come in," said Folger.

"We are offering special meals for the tournament," said Lueck.

But city leaders say the tournament is doing more for the community than just giving discounts.

"The reaction from the community has been overwhelming it has been positive in every way our businesses have gotten together and they are promoting headland they are working together the chamber is on board the employees at the city have taken this on and are going a good job in every way," said Singleton.

"All of the other businesses that I have spoken to are on the bandwagon and they are all part of it and they are doing their part to see what we can do to make it a good one," said Lueck.

The home run derby is Friday night at Douglas Park.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m.

The winner of the state tournament will advance to the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series.

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