The Dirtbags Checkmate 16 and under baseball team based in Burlington, which includes Smoky Mountain rising junior Chase Gribble, recently won the Firecracker Finale 16U World Series played in Burlington and High Point. The Dirtbags opened with a 10-7 win over 4G3. They went on to defeat 16U Prospects 6-1, NCBA 2023 9-5 and 16U Prospects again 9-7. They topped NCBA 2022 7-2 in the championship game. Team members include, from left: (front) Maddox Smith, Jay Dillard, Haden Youngblood, Trent Murchison, Hampton Spires, Parker Hocutt.; (back) Coach Tyler Drew, Trace Hall, Peyton Wilkins, Chase Gribble, Cameron Greenway, Ethan Gravely, Brandon Little, Jacob Buelle, Jack Sweeney, Taylor Grubbs and Lucas Beverlyn.
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