The goal of athletes and teams is to win, not to finish second. But that all-or-nothing goal can diminish accomplishments that deserve to be recognized.
Leland’s Dixie Youth Baseball Majors teams (12-year-olds) finished second last week in the World Series in Laurel, Miss.
Leland, representing North Carolina in the 11-state tournament, dominated the tournament for all but one inning. South Carolina scored 10 runs in the final inning of the championship game Aug. 13 to beat Leland 12-9 and win the World Series.