MERIDIAN, Miss. The Meridian 10-U All-Star team is headed to the Cal Ripken World Series in Phoenix City, Alabama.
The team hosted an event Saturday evening at Singing Brakeman Park to help raise money for travel expenses to the tournament. Vendors sold food and drinks like popcorn, soda and snow cones and had donation buckets available for people to place money in. There was also live music for attendees to sit back and delight in while enjoying the summer night.
Many of the team's players were in attendance along with their coaches and parents who helped put the event together. Head Coach Elton Reed shared how much the team appreciates the community's support in making the event possible.
"Everybody here is donating, help fundraising and we couldn't be more proud of the community, Reed said. "This is just a tremendous help to the parents and the coaches and the kids."
The 10-U team won both the Cal Ripken State Title and Regional Championship Title. This team will be the first 10-U team from Meridian to make it to the World Series since the 1998 team, who was also in attendance for Saturday night’s event. The 1998 team's head coach Guy Woodward shared his excitement on seeing another Meridian team make it to the World Series.
"It's been 21 years and I think this team has a really good chance," Woodward said. "I've seen them play a couple of times. They've got some real good hitters and I think they'll probably bring home the trophy.
The 10-U World Series will begin on July 30 and run until August 8. The team is still seeking donations to help cover travel costs and other expenses. If you are interested in donating to the team, call (601) 917-3513. All donations are tax deductible.