WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!
The Hopewell Majors All-Stars team is comprised of youth athletes, ages 11-12, who participated in Hopewell's regular baseball season. Coaches select the top 12 players to represent the City as All-Stars to compete in post-season play. Hopewell is part of the Dixie Youth Baseball league and competes in District 9, which includes Colonial Heights, Prince George, Matoaca, and Dinwiddie. The Hopewell Majors All-Stars first competed in the Dixie District Tournament played at Mathis Park in Hopewell June 21-June 25, 2019. After winning all of their games, they claimed the district championship and advanced to the Dixie State Tournament held in Victoria, Virginia July 5-11, 2019. Hopewell suffered one loss to Prince George but rallied to fight their way back to the championship game where they defeated Prince Edward/Farmville by a score of 7-3. This is the first Hopewell youth baseball team to claim a state title. With their success at the state level, they qualified to compete in the Dixie Division 2 World Series played in Lumberton, North Carolina beginning July 26, 2019. After suffering only one loss in World Series play, they emerged as the 2019 Dixie World Series Champions after defeating Mississippi 6-1 in a dramatic game where all runs were scored in the final at bat after trailing Mississippi 0-1 the entire game. The team is coached by Clint Gorkiewicz, Ricky Irby, and Joe Kuhns. Players include Anthony Clark, Camden Hunt, Ryder Hazlitt, Christian Edwards, Colsen McComber, Tavin Tucker, Demetrius Simms, Ethan McComber, Jake Irby, Xavier Taylor, Brian Moore, and Luke Kuhns. The team is managed by Ashley Gorkiewicz and Hopewell Recreation and Parks athletic programs are planned and administered by Sherry Leech. Hopewell Recreation and Parks would like to thank all of the businesses, community organizations, and individuals who supported the teams World Series trip and helped make this special moment in Hopewell history possible! The team was recognized with a special ceremony after returning from their World Series trip. Each member of the team received an official Key to the City, presented by Mayor Jasmine Gore. The team also received special congratulations from Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Boston Red Sox) and Jeremy Jeffress (Chicago Cubs).