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The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AA all-stars earned a third-place finish in the first-ever Dixie Youth AA World Series.
The Lancaster stars, who earned the Series bid as the S.C. state champion, finished 5-3 in the tournament at Texarkana, Ark.
Lancaster finished as the pool B runner-up with a 4-1 record and advanced to the four-team championship round.
Lancaster went 1-2 in the championship round, placing third in the World Series behind champion Florida and runner-up North Carolina.
“It was a great run and we’re proud of what the team accomplished,” Lancaster AA all-star coach Jason Wright said. “If we would have played a little better, we might have brought home the Series championship.”
Lancaster opened play Friday, July 18, blanking tournament host Texarkana, 6-0.
“The significance of that win was that we made history since this the first-ever AA World Series and we took the first win and in the process we posted the first shutout,” Wright noted. “Since it was a first, Lancaster Dixie Baseball will always hold that honor.”
The Lancaster stars then defeated McCalla, Ala., 8-7 to go 2-0 on opening day.
Lancaster continued its stellar play Saturday, July 19 when it went 2-1, defeating Tennessee, 5-2 and Mississippi, 14-8. Florida handed Lancaster its first loss in pool B play, taking a 12-7 win.
Lancaster finished as the pool B runner-up to Florida, which also went 4-1, but Florida took the pool title with its head-to-head win.
Lancaster rebounded from an 8-7 loss to N.C. to defeat Arkansas, 9-8.
Lancaster then faced N.C. in a rematch on Monday, July 21 when it dropped a 14-2 loss.
Florida then topped N.C., 6-2 to capture the World Series crown.
“You look back and if we could have won that Florida game in pool play, then it might have been a different story,” Wright said. “I felt we were that close.”
Lancaster, in its postseason run – District 2, state tournament and World Series – went 15-4.
“We had great support from the fans who went to Arkansas with us to those back home who followed us and sent messages of support and encouragement,” Wright said. “Our fans in Arkansas did all they could to allow us just to coach baseball and focus on our team. This was a great experience for this team and we’re grateful for all those who gave us great support through their donations and emotional backing. You made a difference in so many ways.”
Dixie Boys 13s win
The Lancaster Dixie Boys 13 all-stars captured their first two wins in the state tournament in North Augusta.
Lancaster moved its state tournament mark to 2-0, rolling to a 16-3 win over Lexington American on Sunday, July 20.
Logan Phillips, who worked 3.1 innings, was the winning hurler, allowing three hits and no walks. He struck out two.
Phillips aided the win with two hits, including a two-run home run. He drove in four runs, with two walks and two stolen bases.
Jamie Hinson, in two-thirds of an inning, yielded three runs, three walks and three hits. He fanned one. Brett Sistare hurled an inning and yielded two walks and a hit. He fanned two.
Hinson led the offense with three hits with a RBI and a stolen base.
Sistare had two hits, including a solo home run, with four RBIs, a walk and a stolen base.
Raul Garcia-Mora had two hits, including a double. He walked twice and had two stolen bases.
Ben Hinson had two hits and drove in three runs. Sergio Vasquez had a hit and walked twice.
Matthew Gandy had a hit and Corey Mora-Wallace drove in a run.
The LDB 13 stars opened play with a 14-2 win over Midland Valley.
Raul Garcia-Mora notched the win in three frames of work, allowing two walks and a hit. He whiffed one. Johnathan Belk hurled a frame and whiffed two and gave up two hits.
Brett Sistare led the offense with a double, home run and scored two runs.
Sergio Vasquez doubled, and Matthew Gandy had a hit. Jamie Hinson had a hit and scored four runs.
Andrew Allen walked three times and scored three runs. Ben Hinson tallied two runs.
AAA stars fall
The Lancaster AAA all-stars saw their postseason hopes end with a 9-0- loss to Aynor in the state tournament in Florence on Tuesday, July 22.
The AAA stars stayed alive with a 2-1 win over Seneca in an elimination game on Sunday, July 20 in Florence.
Demajion Howard went six innings and struck out nine batters. He yielded no hits and two walks.
Nathan Hudson’s RBI-hit in the fifth inning lifted Lancaster to the 2-1 win.
Blaze Catoe and Andrew Taylor each had a hit and scored a run.
Lancaster opened play Saturday, July 19 when it dropped a 10-0 loss to Clinton.
Lancaster earned its bid to the state tournament, capturing the District 2 crown in Union earlier this month.