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World Series in Atoka begins Saturday

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The Atoka Debs (above) are, from left, standing, Hannah Pinner, Kacie Moses, Shadi Long, Beca Breckenridge, Danielle Bellew, Savannah Sigler, Paige Taylor, Erin Billings and Shady Ross; kneeling, Emily Bunnell, Keri Meadors and A.J. Fortner. Coaches are Matt Meadors, Jody Sigler and Debbie Breckenridge.

Atoka will host the Dixie Girls Softball World Series in two separate age groups. Opening ceremonies are tomorrow night and games begin Saturday morning. 

Twelve teams in two different ages groups - Debs (15-18) and Angels X-Play (9-10) - will compete at Nancy Lane Memorial Park.

The Atoka Angels will play Virginia in their tournament opener Saturday at noon. The Debs will take on Alabama in their first game, also at noon. 

Ritter Communications will broadcast games Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. and the title game Wednesday at 6:30 p..m. on channel 11. 

Peel said the general public is invited to attend the opening ceremonies at the park, which will be free. 

The players will caravan into the park from Adkison Park, which is across the street from Nancy Lane, and have their names called. Live music will follow and a fireworks display at around 9:15 will end the night. 

Atoka will field a team in each division. Another team from Tennessee will compete as well as squads from Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas. 

Admission to games is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Children's tournament passes are $20 and adult passes are $30. 

Thirty to 40 people are expected to travel with each of the 22 out-of-town teams, meaning nearly 1,000 people are expected to be in town over six days. 

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