The Ruston entry is rarin’ to go in the upcoming 2021 Dixie Debs World Series July 30-Aug. 3 at the Ruston Sports Complex, with players from four area high schools combining to fill the host team’s slot in the 11-team field.
Ruston opens World Series play on Saturday, July 31 at 1 p.m. in the double-elimination bracket.
Opening ceremonies take place at Railroad Park Friday, June 30 at 6 o’clock. There will be an introduction of teams and entertainment by local band Mourning Moon.
Scott Jach is the Ruston Debs’ head coach and he is assisted by Jody Adams and Travis Cannon.
Players on the Ruston roster, and their respective high schools:
Bailey Adams, Cedar Creek
Sarah Adams, Cedar Creek
Holly Bennett, Choudrant
Chloe Brashear, Cedar Creek
Anna Grace Lee, Cedar Creek
Kiara Moore, Union Parish
Lizzie McAdams, Cedar Creek
Peyton Muse, Cedar Creek
Stormy Tartar, Downsville
Olivia Underwood, Cedar Creek
Essynce Wallace, Union Parish
Bailey Weaver, Choudrant
Jach is confident about the team’s ability to compete against state champion squads from Virginia to Texas.
“We are excited to give the community a chance to see what a talented group of girls we have representing the area. This team is comprised of some of the absolute best players in the state. We like our chances of being the last team standing. The girls are confident and we believe in this team.”
Adams is thrilled to be serving on the coaching staff in a very special perspective.
“As a dad, it’s an incredible joy to be able to coach my own daughters. I’m super excited about the opportunity for Ruston to host the Dixie World Series. I’ve travelled across the country watching my kids play sports, and our complex here in Ruston is second to none,” he said. “The hospitality that our local officials and businesses show to visiting teams makes me so proud of our community. I’m very proud to be representing Ruston.”
Jade Cannon, co-president of Ruston Dixie Softball, said the squad members have truly earned the opportunity to take part in the World Series.
“It’s been fun to watch this particular group of girls begin their journey into softball with our RGSA organization and to now be representing our town in the Dixie Debs World Series. Most of the team has remained a big part of the RGSA and now the Ruston Dixie organization throughout the years. They have balanced school softball, travel softball, and the league softball.
“These girls not only play on the field, but they also have volunteered their time to Ruston Dixie. They’ve worked many hours helping host district and state tournaments for our younger players this summer,” she said. “I feel like they’ve put in their time and work, and now it’s their big chance to show off on a national level.”