It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say the Sebring Machine Pitch team is charting new waters for local Dixie Youth Baseball teams. After a solid runner-up finish in the state Machine Pitch tournament against a talented South Sumter team, Sebring will be representing Florida in the Dixie Youth Baseball Coach Pitch World Series in Cleveland, Mississippi beginning July 29.
“I don’t think any of us have even seen Coach Pitch,” head coach Brian Simmons said after the team qualified for the World Series.
Simmons said several coaches have been getting in some practice throwing to the kids, and if all else fails, he can turn to ace Bobby Green.
Sebring will be grouped with Texas and Virginia for pool play, and the top two teams from each of the four pools will advance to double-elimination bracket play, which begins on Sunday, July 30.
The team consists of Camden Engler, Mekhi Taylor, Tanner Simmons, Gabe Ford, Jett DeWitt, Hunter Stone, Jesus Paniagua, Dawsyn West, Damien St. Marc, Tyler Green, Vinny Ward and Koda Cabrera.
Sebring Youth Baseball teams are no strangers to competing in the Dixie World Series, so league officials and coaches have a pretty good idea of what type of expenses are involved. While Simmons said the team’s fundraising efforts were going pretty good so far, more help is always needed and appreciated.
The Highlands News-Sun has gotten involved with its “Publisher’s Challenge,” in which any business who sponsors a player for $500 will receive a one-quarter page color ad in the Highlands News-Sun. Payment must be received by July 28 and please make checks payable to “Sebring Youth Baseball/PM All Stars,” and mail to
Sebring Youth Baseball, P.O. Box 1178, Sebring FL 33871. Please include your contact information.
The team also has a Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/sebring-pm-world-series-bound where you can donate.