AA Nationals capture state crown

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Dixie Baseball All-Stars Roundup

By Robert Howey


The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AA National all-stars completed an unbeaten run (5-0) in capturing the machine pitch state championship on Tuesday, July 1 at Greenwood Park in Florence.

The Lancaster AA NL stars rolled to a 14-1 win over Aynor to wrap up the state crown, the first for the Lancaster Dixie Baseball program.

The Lancaster AA National stars, with the state crown, will play in the Dixie Youth Baseball AA World Series in Texarkana, Ark., on July 18.

More details on the Lancaster Nationals’ state title-clinching win over Aynor on Tuesday will be included in the Friday, July 4 edition of The Lancaster News.

The Lancaster AA National stars took a major step for the Dixie Baseball AA state title with two wins Monday, June 30 at Greenwood Park in Florence.

Lancaster opened the day, rallying for an exciting 8-7 win over defending state champion Delmae of Florence and then blanked Hampton, 16-0.

In the comeback win over Delmae, Lancaster AA NL trailed 7-4 going to its last at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Lancaster ignited for six straight hits as Jaden Young, Adam Wright, Eli Sistare, Kaden Sapp, Hunter Gainey and Toby Taylor keyed the winning rally.

Gainey rapped a two-run double to tie the game at 7-all. Toby Taylor then capped the win as his RBI-hit scored Sapp for the decisive run in the thrilling 8-7 victory.

Lancaster, in its second game, rolled to a 16-0 win over Hampton to remain as the lone unbeaten team in the double-elimination field.

The AA NL stars were led by Eli Sistare and Branden Knight with three hits each.

Jeremy Dawkins, Jaden Young, Adam Wright, Hunter Gainey, Toby Taylor, Joaquin Espinoza and Emiley McCall each had two hits. Lancaster second baseman Will Rape had a solid day, with a single and also turned a double play.

The Lancaster Dixie Baseball National AA stars opened play in the state tournament in Florence, posting a pair of wins on Saturday, June 28.

The Lancaster AA stars, who qualified as the District 2 champion after winning the tournament in Lancaster, downed Central-Clemson, 14-4 and Edgefield, 18-2.

In the 10-run win over Central, Jeremy Dawkins drilled an inside-the-park home run.

Eli Sistare paced the attack with three hits. Jaden Young, Adam Wright, Kaden Sapp, Toby Taylor, Joaquin Espinoza and Brandon Knight each had two hits.

Lancaster National AA blasted Edgefield, 18-2 in its second win Saturday.

Hunter Gainey and Joaquin Espinoza each had three hits. .

Jaden Young, Adam Wright, Eli Sistare, Kaden Sapp, Toby Taylor and Emiley McCall rapped two hits apiece.

Brandon Knight, Skyler Hegler and Will Rape each added a hit for Lancaster NL.

The National received a bye on Sunday, June 29 before winning twice Monday and once Tuesday to wrap up the state championship.

AAA stars roll

The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars, ages 9-10, remained the lone unbeaten team in the District 2 tournament, blanking Gaffney, 13-0 in four innings on Monday, June 30 in Union.

Demajion Howard hurled the Lancaster win as he and Aston Hudson combined on a four-inning shutout.

Howard, in three frames, struck out seven, while Hudson fanned two in an inning of work.

Howard aided the Lancaster AAA all-stars, smashing an inside-the-park three-run homer. Hudson drilled two hits.

Austin Blackmon, Blaze Catoe, Tyler Vespe and Nathan Hudson each had one hit.

Lancaster, as the lone unbeaten team in district play, returned to Union on Tuesday, July 1 to face York.

Host Union faced Gaffney in an elimination game.

The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars blanked Clover, 8-0 on Sunday, June 29.

Ronald Robinson went three innings and fanned seven to post the win. Aston Hudson completed the shutout, working three innings and struck out six.

Hudson sparked the offense with a three-run triple. Austin Blackmon and Robinson each had two hits to pace the AAA stars’ offense.

Demajion Howard, Carter Nunnery, Hammond Wrenn and Blaze Catoe each added one hit.

The Lancaster AAA stars opened the district tournament, rolling to an 11-1 victory over York.

Demajion Howard worked three frames for the win, notching seven strikeouts. He walked one. 

Aston Hudson, in an inning of work, whiffed two batters. Hudson also had two hits in the win.

Carter Nunnery and Hammond Wrenn each had two hits, with Wrenn’s plate effort including a bunt single. Ronald Blackmon and Austin Blackmon had one hit apiece.