The National Board of Dixie Youth authorized a Division II baseball World Series for 12U, 10U and 8U age classifications beginning in 2019, and the Alabama Dixie Youth state board of directors voted to offer Division II play in the state this year. In March of this year, the Zion Chapel Youth Sports [ZCYS] program was awarded the opportunity to host the Dixie Youth District 9 Division II Ozone [12U] tournament, and the Zion Chapel Ozone [12U] team made the most of that by winning the District Championship on its home field. The tournament was held June 13-15 at the Zion Chapel Youth Sports baseball/softball complex. “To qualify for Division II leagues must have a total of nine teams or less in their baseball program,” said Katie Driggers Eddins, District 9 Ozone tournament director [and ZCYS treasurer]. “This helps smaller programs like Zion Chapel advance and play in tournaments with other communities their size.” She said District 9 Division II includes: Samson, Coffee County [Elba/New Brockton], Hartford, Kinston, Slocomb, Zion Chapel, Goshen, and Brundidge. “Hosting a tourney is a huge undertaking for organizations like ours. When we were awarded the tournament back in March, I never could have dreamed it would have run as smoothly as it did this past week,” Eddins said. “We had perfect weather, sportsmanship from all teams involved (Slocomb, Hartford, Brundidge, and Zion Chapel), great officials, and awesome volunteers.” She said the Zion Chapel community as a whole came together in the biggest way possible to ensure the tournament was a success. “Each day everywhere I looked there was someone ready and willing to help where ever it was needed,” Eddins said. “From Ozone coaches, parents, grandparents, siblings, ZCYS softball players/coaches, ZCYS baseball coaches, Zion Chapel High School athlete volunteers, past officers/past members of ZCYS, ZC Athletic Club, ZC Band Boosters, and ZC High School coaches, everyone pitched in to make it the absolute best tournament I’ve ever been a part of personally.” The Ozone Rebels all-star team played with heart, drive and passion, according to Eddins. She said the team not only won the tournament but stayed undefeated through tourney play. Zion Chapel had big wins over Slocomb [16-1], and Hartford [22-0] before again meeting Hartford in last Saturday night’s championship game, where the Rebels won 13-1 to claim the district championship. The win advanced the Zion Chapel Ozone team to the Dixie Youth Division II state tournament, which begins Friday, July 12, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. They will represent District 9 at that tournament. “I have watched these players and coaches go after this dream of a district championship for the past six years,” Eddins said. “I have watched them grow into outstanding young men who are dedicated to making Zion Chapel proud. All of their hard work paid off as they are our first baseball team in our organization’s history to get the opportunity to compete at the state level.” The Zion Chapel Ozone team is led by Dustin Stinson with assistant coaches Jeremy Flowers and Jeremiah Eddins. Players are Jackson Adcock, Brodie Stinson, Mason Stewart, Preston Eddins, Austin Jordan, Kavan Brown, Tyler Bass, Brady Flowers, Ian Herbert, Luke Caldwell, Joseph LeGear and Alex Wilson.