Almost 25 years after being part of the 1996 state championship team, former Vidalia Viking outfielder Jason Hawkes watched his son, Mason, compete for a Dixie Youth World Series title.
Hawkes is part of the Ponchatula 9-under All-Star team that competed in the Dixie Youth Invitational 9-under Ozone World Series in Brookhaven July 18-21.
Hawkes plays second base for Ponchatula.
Ponchatula finished sixth in the tournament.
“It’s fun and frustrating,” Hawkes said of following the all-star team. “He’s getting to do something I never got to do.”
Jason batted .370 at Vidalia.
The Lincoln County Civic Center Baseball Complex is hosting dozens of baseball teams from six states across the South for a series of tournaments covering the 6-7 and 9-11 age groups. The states represented are Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.