Softball

Halifax County shortstop Ashyn Epperson stretches to snare a throw to second base in an attempt to put out a Charlotte County runner during a June 2019 in the Dixie Softball District 7 Tournament at the Mary M. Bethune Complex in Halifax.

Dixie Youth Softball president John Newcomb announced the softball season would begin on June 29.

Newcomb also is aiming for a June 15 date for the start of practice for the softball teams.

This news comes as many youth sports organizations around the state are beginning to make plans to get kids back onto the field this summer.

Dixie Softball Inc. has not officially canceled their seasons, including their World Series as of May 9 when they posted they are still hopeful to have all of their tournaments as well as the World Series, but Halifax has decided to opt out of this year’s tournaments and World Series.

Dixie Softball Inc. said in their release that the kids have had so much taken away from them this year that they want to do everything they can to give the girls an opportunity to play softball this summer, and they will do everything they can to ensure the safety of all involved.

Newcomb said with the limited time they have to start the season and before the all star tournaments begin, he felt that it would not be fair to all players in picking all star teams with such limited time.

Newcomb also mentioned the league is looking to hold a tournament with all of the Dixie softball leagues. This would give the players the opportunity to play in some sort of tournament this summer.

This comes after Dixie Youth Baseball announced the cancelation of their World Series and other tournaments for the summer. While there is already a plan in place for Halifax Dixie Youth baseball, the news that softball will now look to resume as well is sure to be welcome news for the parents and players.

Even though the season will be modified and some of the annual summer traditions such as all stars will not be happening, the idea of getting players back on the field for the first time is the main goal.

While like baseball, the start dates for practice and the season are set, these are dates that are subject to change due to the fluidity of the coronavirus situation.

The June 15 start date that they want to begin practice on is just under a month away, and the governor said that phase two could begin in 3-4 weeks, which if all goes according to plan would allow the practices to begin on time, as well as the season two weeks later.

Newcomb also said they will be opening sign ups back up for any girls who wish to come out and play that did not sign up before. He said information about sign ups will be posted on the leagues Facebook page.

Newcomb is excited about the opportunity to get the girls back on the field and playing softball this summer.

“We are Dixie strong and will do all we can to get the girls on the field as soon as we can for a season this year.”

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV