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Leland Dixie Youth Baseball Wins DYB World Series

A large crowd was on hand to welcome the hometown champions of the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series. As Russell Edward, President of the Leland Youth Baseball League stated, “This league has been in existence for 47 years, and this is our first national championship. We are very excited for this team and this town.”

Tyler Whiteside, father of Nolan Whiteside summed it up. “This means everything to these boys.  There is a lot of good baseball in North Carolina and there were three great teams that made it out there. The best team won. These boys work hard, they are coachable, and we have three of the best coaches, Shawn Watson, Steve Lanier, and Justin Norman. Leland beat Whiteville, NC, for the Championship.

The team was led by the Championship series leading hitter L. B. Lanier, who batted .727, with nine singles, four doubles and four home runs.

Town of Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman was leading the cheers for this team.  “I am so honored to be the mayor of this town with some much love and appreciation for our children. These players have done something that hasn’t been done in 47 years. I am so proud of them.”

Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams was on hand to extend Congratulations to the players and coaches. “I’m excited about the team, excited anytime a championship comes to Brunswick County, much less Leland.”

Brandy Ward, mother of Wayman Ward (catcher), commented that “this whole world series was an amazing experience. The kids became a family, and this will be a memory for the rest of their lives.”

Watch the homecoming video at and see the celebration gallery below.

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Gerald Decker is a 4-year Navy veteran with four tours to Vietnam between 1968-1971. Gerald earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He worked for nine years as a U. S. Senate staffer after college and later as a Senior Manager for a small business lobby organization. Gerald also taught Political Science at the high school and college levels. He is a certified trainer in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Gerald founded Athens/Oconee Adult Baseball, Decker Diamonds, the Leland VFW Post 12196, and Teen Scene, Inc. In addition to his work with Teen Scene, Gerald is founder and Past Commander of the Leland VFW Post 12196. The Post was the Mayor's Choice of Citizen of the Year in 2020 and was ranked #5 in the nation for 2022-2023. Since 2020, Gerald has co-written two books. The first was about his good friend and WWII veteran Alex Moskowitz. The second was published by Teen Scene, Inc. in Oct. 2021, entitled "The Great Lockdown of 2020: An Anthology." Gerald is still married to his high school girlfriend (55 years) and has two children and three grandchildren. Following a 15-year hobby of playing catcher in a men’s adult fast-pitch baseball league, his hobbies now include heating pads, grandchildren, and genealogy. Teen Scene and VFW are not hobbies. They are passions.

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