Cleveland East 12s give Eastside first District Title since 1990
by Donell Maxie
Jul 01, 2014 | 2153 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland East 12 and under All-Stars had a superb weekend going 3-0 and winning the Dixie Youth District 1 “O” Zone Baseball Tournament Championship.

In addition to going undefeated, the team became the first team since 1990 on the Eastside to win the District 1 Championship.

Cleveland Park Commission Director Stephen Glorioso said he was extremely proud of the team.

"I am proud and excited that they competed so well and were able to win district.

Glorioso said. “It has been a long time since a team won the district on the Eastside and this team should be commended because they didn’t have an easy task. Dreifus Randle, Frank Weatherspoon and Kelvin Williams do a great job coaching these kids.”

The tournament was held in Greenville and Cleveland East worked its way through it by defeating Clarksdale 8-3, Indianola 6-4 and then beating Indianola again in the title game 7-6.

The road to the title was not easy because the team had to face the Indianola All-Stars twice, who are the two-time defending state champions. They represented the state in the World Series last year.

Cleveland East head coach Dreifus Randle said he was proud of the team, and the way they fought all weekend showed true character.

"We played pretty good,” Randle said. “A few errors here and there made us have to play from behind, but I feel good about the way we played. Pitching was outstanding.”

Leading the way on the hill for Cleveland East was Tyler Feltson, Taraje Dorsey, Malik Pates and Orlando Truss.

"They did exceptional on the mound. To be under the pressure they were under, they did exceptionally well," added Randle.

At the plate, Randle said the team performed the way a team should.

"Everybody contributed throughout the weekend at the plate. It was a total team effort," he said.

The team will now prepare for the Dixie Youth “O” Zone State tournament, which is set for the weekend of July 18 in Kosciusko.

Given how well the team performed in the district tournament, Randle is certain his team can perform well in the state tournament.

"I feel good about our chances,” Randle said. “If we play the way we are capable of playing, I'm fairly certain we can go deep in that tournament in Kosciusko.”