The Chiefs (13-3-2 overall) dethroned the Boynton Bulldogs, who had dominated the event for the past several years.
The State Championship was the second in the span of three years for the Chiefs, who won the Junior Division of Dizzy Dean in 2010.
Based in Menlo, Ga., the Chiefs have played tournament ball for 10 years and have won numerous tournaments through the years and have finished second in the ’08 in the Sophomore Division, 2nd in the ’09 Junior Division and 2nd in the ’11 Senior Division.
The Chiefs have also finished second twice in the Dizzy Dean World Series, losing the Championship game in ’09 to New Orleans and in ’10 to Florida.
The Chiefs will be looking to avenge these losses when they travel back to Southaven, Miss., for the Dizzy Dean World Series on July 20.
The Chiefs, who’ve had roughly 20 players go on to play at the college level, have players representing Chattooga, Floyd, Polk, Bartow, Cobb, Taylor and Pulaski counties of Georgia and the Alabama counties of Cherokee and St Clair.
Team members pictured include: Manager Chris Davis, Michael Gwin, Christan Champion, Dallas Sizemore, Zane Farrar, Zack Turner, Hunter Davis, Blane Swift, Ethan Jimmerson, Lance Gazaway, Earl Dupree, Ryan Wood, Steiner Davis, Cory Reece, Mason Hamilton and coach Roger Wood. Not pictured are Bradley Black and Weston Tate.
Contributing offensively for the Chiefs in this tournament were:
Blane Swift: Batted .636 with a triple, double and 11 RBIs
Michael Gwin: Batted .692 with three doubles and eight RBIs
Hunter Davis: Batted .571 with a double and five RBIs
Steiner Davis: Batted .429 with a triple, double and five RBIs
Christian Champion: Batted .462 with four doubles and one RBIs
Mason Hamilton: Batted .357 with a home run and three RBIs
Cory Reece: Batted .333 with two doubles and six RBIs
Ryan Wood: Had two doubles and two RBIs
Lance Gazaway: Had a double and three RBIs
Zack Turner: Drove in three runs
Dallas Sizemore: Drove in two runs
Ethan Jimmerson: Drove in one run
Zane Farrar: Scored 2 runs
Defensively, the Chiefs were anchored behind the plate by Steiner Davis who threw out the only two who attempted to steal. Ryan Wood made key defensive stops at 1st base to kill rallys. The middle infield combinations of Mason Hamilton, Christian Champion, Blane Swift and Zack Turner played strong defensively and outfielders Lance Gazaway, Cory Reece, Dallas Sizemore, Ethan Jimmerson, Zane Farrar and Earl Dupree closed down the gaps in the outfield.
Note: Names and stats provided by Chiefs coaching staff.