Town of Hampton recognizes State Champion 'Nobodies'
The Hampton Town Council invited a few special guests to their Tuesday night meeting – the Dixie Boys Under-14 South Carolina State Champions, better known as “The Nobodies.”
The Nobodies clinched the state title recently before going on to compete strongly in the Dixie Boys World Series held in Aiken in early August.
To celebrate this monumental achievement, the Hampton Council presented the team and coach with a specially made, gigantic banner, much to the delight of scores of parents in attendance. The banner now hands high above the “Five Points” intersection in the heart of Hampton for all travelers to see.
“Congratulations,” Mayor John Rhoden said proudly. “We’ve had local teams come close before, but this is the first to win the state. Congratulations on what you have done…I just wish we could have had a town field big enough for you all to play on. A lot of young people started out on our fields.”
In fact, all but one player on the team first got their baseball start on Hampton’s ballparks off Holly Street. And the Nobodies were fortunate that Patrick Henry Academy was able to allow them the use for their baseball field for practice.
In turn, Hampton County Nobodies Coach Chad Gleaton presented Rhoden and the council with a Dixie Boys State Championship medallion.
“It was a heck of a ride,” Coach Gleaton said. “And just remember, boys, your best baseball is in front of you, not behind you.”