Opening Dixie softball World Series ceremony held at Rapides Parish Coliseum

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ALEXANDRIA, La (KALB Sports) -- For the first time since Dixie Youth Softball began in 1979, all nine divisions are being played in Alexandria, La split between the Johnny Downs and Youth Complex in Alexandria. Friday all 95 teams from through out the Southeast were welcomed at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.

"The culture of softball is great, we've filled up 20 hotels between Marksville and Natchitoches and when you have girls and this caliber coming to a world series, people are going to come out and watch," said Skip Fox, the President of Alexandria Dixie Softball.

The series will take place from July 28th through August 1st.