Dirt Diamonds win Lexington tourney

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U12 girls softball team

By The Staff

The Dirt Diamonds 12U girls traveling softball team cleaned up in the Come Bat For Measles softball tournament sponsored by the American Red Cross in Lexington last weekend.

The Dirt Diamonds posted a 9-1 record, which included a 7-1 bracket mark after going 2-0 in pool play.

The Dirt Diamonds avenged their only loss with a 10-0 win over the Georgia Rockers of Harlem, Ga.

The Rockers had defeated the Dirt Diamonds, 6-3 earlier in the 15-team tournament which drew teams from the Carolinas and Georgia.

The Dirt Diamonds wrapped up the championship with a pair of wins over the Palmetto Wild Fire of Greenville, 7-2 and 12-2.

Coach Kevin Sims said the championship was a result of the teamwork of the squad and its supporters.

He saluted ace hurler Sydney Sullivan, who went 7-0 on the tournament, including a 6-0 record on the final day of play last Sunday.

Sims said Sullivan was backed by a strong infield, which included third baseman Kensley Adams, shortstop Gracie Revels, second baseman Rylee Sims, first baseman Cassidy McKittrick and catcher Raven Bennett, who caught 10 tournament games.

The Dirt Diamonds outfield, which Sims said made every play, features Megan Phillips, Ashley Scott and Haley Vincent.

Sims also saluted the play of base bandit Chesney Miller, who notched 16 steals in 17 attempts.

Versatile McKayla Winburn is the Dirt Diamonds’ designated player and provided solid play when needed in key situations.

The Dirt Diamonds batted .331 and outscored their foes 80-34 in 10 games in Lexington last weekend.

The Dirt Diamonds have earned a berth to play at Disney World at the Wide World of Sports Complex where the tournament will be held July 23-30.

 “We’re looking forward to playing at Disney World in July,” Sims said. “It will be a competitive field, but our players and coaches have worked hard to earn this berth.”