Fairview’s very own 2021 Dixie Darlings Softball World Series Champions are proof that sometimes dreams really do come true!
After winning the World Series title in late July, Team Tennessee has received lots of attention and accolades from news media interviews to meet-and-greet opportunities with celebrities like former Major League Baseball player Curt Schilling, who is now a Fairview resident,
Still, there was something special missing.
On Sunday, the missing piece fell into place when the Fairview community came together to celebrate the Fairview Darlings and one of the largest sporting accomplishments this town has ever seen – the 2021 Dixie Darlings Softball World Series Championship!
Team Tennessee Coach David Baker remarked, “It was just very special to be able to officially celebrate this accomplishment with our community. Thank you, community leaders, for stepping up and making all this happen for these young ladies.”
Actually, Team Tennessee made it happen after entering the Dixie Youth tournament with 1,080 teams from ten different states competing — and the Fairview Darlings became the champions!
“The absolute best out of 1,080 Dixie Youth 8U softball teams in America! That is something to take pride in. These girls will continue to represent our community and make Fairview proud,” said Baker.
The town celebration was held right where the young ladies’ journey first began at the Fairview Ball Park on Highway 96 North. There were balloons, bubbles, music, friendly competition and food to delight the crowd.
The team players and coaches arrived in a caravan of decorated vehicles with a VIP police escort. Team Tennessee fans offered a huge round of applause for a job well done and then the speakers were cranked up.
The minute Rocky Top Tennessee began playing, the Fairview U8 Darlings, dressed in their team orange, started kicking up their heels with some impressive dance steps.
Fairview’s own Bert Hester served as emcee, introducing Dixie Darlings Commissioner Arnold King, who gave the girls high praise for their World Series win. King then directed the girls to the front of the building and unveiled the new 2021 Darlings Softball World Series Champions sign.
The girls were delighted and the crowd cheered. Coach Baker said, “The unveiling of the 2021 World Series sign was a dream come true! Going forward, everyone that comes to the Fairview Ball Park will see our World Series Championship sign displayed, and no one will ever be able to take it away from us!”
Coach Baker said the World Series win was great for the girls, but it meant a lot to the coaches and parents as well. He explained, “For me, it meant everything. This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid playing Dixie Youth Baseball growing up in Franklin. We started to put this group together about four years ago, and it’s been a lot of hard work and practice time since then to get to this point. So, it feels satisfying to achieve the goal that we all set out to accomplish!”
As for the super talented VIPs of the day, their coaches took over the microphone, sharing details, nicknames and skill sets for each of the players. And once again, the community members in attendance and adoring fans of Team Tennessee offered up another
Coach Baker said, “The girls felt like superstars. They love the attention! They have been treated like royalty around town for a month and they deserve it! I know when they get older and grow up that they will be able to look back to this summer and it will hold a very special place in their hearts.”
Baker added, “These girls created history! This one is for Fairview!”