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Ready to Defend

August 9, 2006

Leesburg -- The Lee County Major league all-star team is ready to defend its Dixie Youth World Series title.

The team traveling to Tennessee to begin the title defense next week.

Lee County winning its third world series championship last season, and this years team has the confidence to make it four.

The Lee County Major League all-star team knows what it takes to win the Dixie Youth World Series.

Lee County winning its third World Series title last year.

They also won in 1994 and 1998.

The team is back to defend the title this season, and head coach Ted Deiter says the returning players have been taking on a major role.

"They've really come out and been leaders here," says Deiter. "We look good on paper, we'll see what happens."

Zane Hood set a tournament record with a .727 batting average last year, and Chase Patrick pitched a complete game in the championship match, striking out eight.

They're both back, and say there's no pressure to repeat.

"Probably a lot of confidence," says Hood. "No pressure, really."

Patrick says, "It's real fun being there. We won last year, so it's going to give us a lot of confidence this year."

Hood says he keeps things simple.

"Just don't be scared. No matter what."

Coach Deiter adds, "I'm just proud that these guys, these 12-year-olds, now all their life will have a Georgia state championship. This world series is icing on the cake."

Lee County opens up with Louisiana in the first round, and coach Deiter hopes it's a recipe for success.

"I love Cajun cooking and Cajun parties. Cajun baseball...they get rowdy," says coach Deiter, with a smile. "But they're wonderful, beautiful people, and I hope we bet them 10 to 2."

The Dixie Youth Majors World Series for 11 and 12 year-olds runs August 14th through the 19th in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

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