Vincent honors youth baseball teams

GRAHAM CARR / Staff Writer

The Vincent City Council recognized two little league all-star baseball teams for advancing to the World Series, at the Vincent Fire Department on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Mayor Ray McAllister congratulated each team and said it was “quite an honor for what these kids have done.”

McAllister said the two teams were another example of great athletics in Vincent.  He mentioned the success of the Vincent softball and football teams, also.

The eight-and-under-age team recognized finished tenth out of 52 teams at the World Series in South Haven, Miss.   The team compiled a season record of 33-3 and finished fifth in the state of Alabama.

Coach Yancy Davis said it was an honor to be recognized, but he said this night was not about the coaches.

“This is all about the kids and for them to get the recognition today, is a great achievement,” Davis said.

The 14-and-under-age team recognized came in second in the state with a 24-12 record.  The team had a record of 1-3 in the World Series double-elimination tournament.

Coach Walter Garner said the team’s players had played with each other since they were 5 years old.  Garner has coached the 14-and-under-age team for 28 years.

“It has been a goal for a long time to make the World Series for all of us and to finally get it is a great accomplishment,” Garner said.

Both teams received a standing ovation, after McAllister presented each player with a medal and plaque.