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Dozens of teams compete in NC GameOn Sports Summer World Series starting Saturday morning at sites in Halifax County and across North Carolina.

The NC GameOn Sports Summer World Series kicks off Saturday morning around Halifax County as well as in Youngsville and Roxboro, North Carolina.

A total of 58 teams are signed up to play in the World Series that will take place over two days at five locations. In Halifax County, teams will compete at Cluster Springs Park, the Day Complex and Scottsburg Elementary School. The other locations are at Optimist Park in Roxboro and Luddy Park in Youngsville.

NC GameOn Sports has been holding tournaments in Halifax County since the July 4 holiday weekend. Each weekend teams from as far away as Suffolk and Raleigh, North Carolina, travel to the area to participate in two-day tournaments with as many as 60 teams and as few as 10.

Randy Smith, area director for NC GameOn Sports, with the help of Steve Bryant at Cluster Springs Park and Dave Ashwell of the Day Complex, have made this summer possible.

“As a tournament director we see and meet so many people throughout baseball seasons. It has been an honor and privilege to work with David Ashwell and Steve Bryant and for their volunteers who have worked tirelessly to allow the kids from many different areas and opportunity to play organized baseball,” Smith said.

There are still several more weekends scheduled after the World Series this weekend for tournaments to be played in the county. The amount of tourism money spent in the county has helped ease the blow that COVID-19 has dealt not just Halifax, but small towns around the country. It has been noted previously the benefit that these tournaments have on the area, and even with some skeptical because of the transmission of the virus, NC GameOn Sports provides a safe atmosphere with protocols in place to adhere to guidelines.

Smith is thankful for Bryant and Ashwell and what they have done to help provide the youth in Virginia and North Carolina a safe place to play baseball this summer.

“NC GameOn Sports wants to say thank you. We appreciate your help in making these events successful. The relationship of the two parks goes without saying. I hear from the participants how nice the facilities are and maintained. We will at some point return to the NC area when the phase allows for play. When that time comes, we still hope the Virginia area and these two organizations will welcome us back with the opportunity to hold more events with them,” Smith said.

The GameOn Sports Summer World Series kicks off Saturday morning with games starting at 8:30 a.m. and going until around 8:30 p.m. with pool play. On Sunday, the results from Saturday’s games will seed the teams in each division will begin bracket play. Bracket play will determine the tournament champions in each division. Divisions in this weekends World Series run from 8U all the way up to 18U. Gold bracket winners will receive rings and a plaque.

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