Some area little leaguers take on the heat for a chance to be called champs. It’s all part of a summer baseball tournament that wrapped up Saturday in Valdosta.
This year more than 100 baseball players and their families have descended on Valdosta for the state championships for the 11 and 12-year-old league.
Jesse Sheeley with the Parks and Recreation Department said, "It helps the economy. It helps the community. They (players and families) have to stay at our hotels, eat at our restaurants. They're here from Wednesday until Saturday and some stay until Sunday. It helps the economy and gets the community involved."
Organizers say the players really benefit from a summer filled with activity, rather than a lazy summer spent inside.
Parents say their children have learned a lot by grabbing their gloves and getting out to the ball fields this summer. Parents say the kids are learning lessons they will take with them for a lifetime.
"The work ethic you learn now is what you take with you 20 years from now," shared parent Ben Blanton.
These parents hope their children walk away with more than just wins.
"I hope they learn discipline. I hope they learn you have to work hard to achieve your goal in the end," said Janet Lineberger.
They are lessons learned by heading outside and having fun this summer. The good news for the local Valdosta-Lowndes County Team is they won Saturday's championship game in the 11 and 12-year-old division.