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Blue stars top Red, gain state bid

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Dixie Youth All-Stars tournaments

By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Dixie Boys Blue all-star team used its rallying tactics to nail down a bid to the Dixie Boys state baseball tournament with a 10-9 comeback win over the Lancaster Dixie Boys Red all-stars on Wednesday night at Minuteman Field.

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Jordan Brownell singled and later scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Blue team to the one-run win.

The Blue’s victory earned it a tournament title berth today and a state bid as one of the two teams from District 10. The Blue team faces the winner of the Lancaster Red’s elimination game with Rock Hill on Thursday night.

Brooks Viola hit a dramatic two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 9-all and force extra innings. Viola led the Blue attack with four hits and five RBIs.

Cameron Payne and Jacob Nolan each had two hits and scored three runs for the Red team. Byron Haigler had a double and drove in four runs.

Haigler, in six innings, allowed six runs and struck out six for the Red. Jacob Steele worked a third of an inning and Jason Blakely hurled 2.2 frames and yielded a hit and a run.

Jonathan “Fat Back” Hill was the winner for the Blue, going 2.2 frames and fanning four in scoreless relief. Denver Mosley pitched four innings and allowed three runs. He fanned nine. Viola, the Blue starter in 1.2 innings, allowed five runs. Blake Langley worked a third of an inning.

The Red team held a 5-0 lead after two innings. The Blue team trailed 5-4 in the fifth when it rallied behind the hitting of Brownell, Mosley and a Viola two-run double for a 6-5 lead.

The Red regained the lead at 9-6 with the hitting of Blakely and Haigler.

– The Blue team took an 8-7 win over Rock Hill National. Rock Hill led 4-0 after one inning, but the Blues rallied for the win.

Brooks Viola led the Blue team with three hits and three RBIs. Jordan Brownell and Jonathan “Fat Back” Hill each had two hits and two RBIs. Denver Mosley had two hits and a RBI.

– The Lancaster Red team rallied from a 5-1 deficit to take an 8-5 win over York on Tuesday.

The game actually began Monday, but was postponed to Tuesday afternoon due to a thunderstorm.

Jacob Steele, in four innings of relief, was the winner. Gage Hinson worked the opening three innings.

Holden Payne paced the offense with three hits and drove in two runs.

Jacob Nolan had two hits, three stolen bases and three runs batted in. Byron Haigler added a hit.

– The Dixie Boys 14 all-stars opened district play in York with a 12-10 win over York.

Austin Richardson led the offense with two hits, a walk, scored three runs and drove in three runs. Wesley Knight had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run.

Christian Catledge had two hits and scored a run. Dalton Creighton had a single, double, scored twice and drove in a run. Troy Cunningham had a hit, triple, scored a run and drove in a run.

J.P. Lewis rapped a triple, scored a run and drove in two runs. Jacob Ware had a hit and drew two walks.

Ricky Hinson had a hit, reached on a fielder’s choice and tallied twice.

Daniel Mackey reached three times as he was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Trey Cunningham added a walk.

J.P.Lewis was the winning hurler in 1.2 innings with five strikeouts. Ricky Lewis, in a third of an inning, had a save. Christian Catledge hurled three innings and whiffed three. Wesley Knight had three whiffs in two frames.

“I thought all pitchers did well, struggling at first with the difference in the mound. They had to adjust,” coach Chris Catledge said. “We hit the ball well. Our defense struggled some with the transition to the grass infield, but I will take the win.”

– The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Ozone all-stars open play in the district tournament Saturday with a 6 p.m. against Lewisville at Gandy Field in the Wylie Park Complex.

The 8 p.m. play has South Spartanburg facing Rock Hill National.

The winner of the Lancaster vs. Lewisville game will face the Rock Hill American winner on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Gandy Field. The nightcap at 8 Sunday has the two losers from the opening day playing.

Play in the double elimination tournament continues Monday.

– The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AA all-stars, who captured the District Two championship in Lancaster last week, will open play in the state tournament in Dillon on July 16.

Lancaster will face District Eight champion, Hilton Head, at 10:15 a.m.