Fairview’s U8 Dixie Softball Darlings are Tennessee State Champions!
The young ladies representing Fairview showed up and showed out at the Dixie Softball State Tournament, hosted in Henderson July 9-13.
The Fairview Darlings defeated Wayne County 19-5 on July 9.
On July 10, they defeated Dickson County 23-2 and host team Chester County 19-8.
They won a rematch with Wayne County 19-6 on July 11 before defeating Chester County a second time after a rain delay by a final score of 18-7 to earn Fairview’s first-ever softball State Championship.
The win also advances the team to compete in the Dixie Youth Softball World Series against 11 other states in the southeast. The World Series is being held 600 miles away in Prince George, Virginia starting this Friday, July 23.
If successful in Virginia, the team would be bringing home the first-ever World Series Championship in Fairview Dixie Youth History.
The Fairview Darlings, along with the Fairview Debs, have already made history as no Fairview softball teams have ever won a State Championship until this year – and now, both teams are bound for the Softball World Series!
Darlings head coach Dray Moutlrie could not be more excited about his team. “We love this opportunity they have to see the results of their hard work and dedication, and hope that continues throughout the World Series,” said Moultrie. He along with David Baker and Matt Adkison have been coaching the talented group of young lady athletes over the last two years with the exception of three girls.
All the coaches are super proud of the team’s post-season performance. Coach Baker shared, “They run-ruled every team at the district and state tournaments. They never even played a full game!”
Baker, who is the father of four daughters, has been coaching softball and baseball in Fairview for over ten years, and came into the season with great expectations. “The coaches’ expectations going into the season were to win the first-ever Fairview Dixie Darlings State Title,” said Baker.
The coaches’ goal for the season was to compete in the Dixie Youth World Series representing the State of Tennessee. The young ladies met all expectations for the season and have reached their goal. However, Coach Moultrie added “And we want to be a big contender in the World Series.”
As for the district tournament, Baker described it as a “total team effort,” with the team
outscoring opponents 111 — 3 in five games. “Defense was impeccable in the district tournament and our bats have been great all season,” stated Baker.
At the state tournament, Baker said it was all about redemption. “We were able to avenge our 2019 State Tournament losses to both Wayne County and Chester County by giving both teams both of their losses and eliminating them both from the 2021 State Tournament,” shared Baker.
The Fairview Darliings were also able to outscore their opponents 98-28 in their run for the state title while remaining undefeated.
The coaches attribute the team’s success to hard work. “You have to run these girls off the field after every practice. They love to play and get along so well with each other it makes our job a little easier,” said Moultrie.
In preparation for the World Series, the team, coaches and parents have been working on a few small areas for improvement and raising money to fund the World Series trip.
“Fairview is a special community to raise a family, and our team is a family,” shared Baker.
The team players, coaches and families will incur substantial travel expenses with the World Series trip. Any individual, business or organization interested in supporting the team with a tax-deductible donation can contact Jaime Baker at 423-802-9427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Venmo @JDBaker-88 with TN in comments.
Anyone Fairview area residents who are unable to attend and would like to follow along as the Fairview girls compete in the World Series is invited to join Team Tennessee Dixie Darlings public Facebook group.
Baker is excited to see what the future holds. “This group of girls is special, and it is very rare to have a group like this in a smaller town, and they will be so much fun to watch over the next 10 years as they make their way into Fairview Middle School and Fairview High School,” stated Baker.