Dixie Boys 13 stars win district, net state bid

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Dixie Baseball All-Star Roundup

By The Staff



The Lancaster Dixie Boys 13 all-stars had plenty to celebrate on Independence Day, 2012.

The Lancaster 13s, in the District 10 title game, captured the championship with a 16-7 comeback win over York to earn a bid to the state tournament.

York held a 6-5 lead to the top of the fifth inning when Lancaster’s C.J. Brown delivered an inside-the-park home run to tie the game at 6-all.

“With C.J.’s speed, there is that one place in the field you could place the ball and watch his speed take care of the rest, and C.J. found that spot and blazed around the bases to tie the game,” Lancaster manager Hope Rollings said.

An inning later, Jamias Shropshire, Christian Sinclair and Brown each singled and scored for a 9-6 lead. York tallied a run in the bottom of the frame to make it 9-7.

Lancaster, up by two runs, ignited in the top of the seventh. Andrew Caskey singled and scored to lead off the inning. Josh Hinson singled and scored, Ryan Griffin drew a walk and later scored.

Jamias Shropshire was hit by a pitch and scored. Christian Sinclair tripled and scored. Eric Hall doubled and scored. Trey Rollings singled and scored. Caskey, who opened the inning with a hit, doubled in his second at-bat and drove in two runs.

Sinclair, who entered the game in the bottom of the fourth, hurled a scoreless seventh to seal the district title win and a berth in the state tourney.

Sinclair, in four innings, allowed a run, two hits and three walks. He fanned seven. Caskey worked three frames, allowing six runs, six hits and a walk. He whiffed three York batters.

Eric Hall led the offense with four hits, a home run, triple and two doubles. Sinclair had two singles and a triple. Cooper Ledbetter had two hits as did Brown, Rollings and Caskey. Shropshire, Josh Hinson and Ryan Griffin had one hit apiece.

“The team really turned a page and responded in the second game. It was a good game from start to finish and the team, all 13, worked hard for the win,” Rollings said. “As a coaching staff, we could not ask for anything more from our players than what we got in the second game, a total team effort.”

The Lancaster 13 all-stars will represent the Dixie Boys District 10 in Bluffton on July 21  in the state tourney.

Rollings said the coaching staff would like to thank the LDB board for making this tourney run smooth and the parents for all their support.

The Lancaster Dixie Boys 13 all-stars fell in the opener Wednesday, dropping an 8-3 loss to York.

York built a 5-0 lead on the way to the win.

“We came out flat in this game and York was on fire,” Rollings said. “ We made too many errors in the field.  Our bats were cold, not getting a hit until the sixth inning.”

Jamias Shropshire led the offense with a triple. Trey Rollings, Andrew Caskey and Nick Bowers each had a hit.

The Lancaster 13 all-stars rolled to a 17-6 win over York on Tuesday night.

York forged a 3-0 lead, but Lancaster responded with 10 runs in the fourth inning for a 10-3 lead.

York sliced the lead to 11-6, but Lancaster used a six-run sixth frame to put the game away.

Christian Sinclair led off the sixth with a walk, Andrew Caskey singled, Zach Todd walked.

Cooper Ledbetter also drew a walk. Jamias Shropshire was hit by a pitch in the rally.

C.J. Brown then came to the plate with bases loaded and the infield was drawn in to force a play at the plate. Brown, who along with Caskey had three hits, laced a hit through the infield which also made it through the outfield to clear the bases with an in-the-park homer to end the game.

Shropshire and Eric Hall each had two hits. Trey Rollings and Sinclair each had a hit.

Sinclair was the winning pitcher, going five innings and allowing five runs, six hits, four walks and two hit batters. He struck out seven.

Ryan Griffin worked two-thirds of an inning and allowed a run, hit and a walk. Hall went a third of an inning and yielded no runs, no walks, a hit and fanned one.

“Our pitchers did a great job both nights. Eric Hall started the first night and Sinclair came in and finished the game. The second game, Sinclair started and Hall came in with eight pitches and got us out of the inning,” Rollings said. “Todd and Griffin came in the game in tight situations and did a good job for us as well. York’s starting pitcher was a good pitcher who threw hard and it took us a couple of innings to adjust to his pitching. When the team made the adjustment, the bats came around and everyone started putting it into play. Both wins were great team wins.”

14 all-stars fall

The Lancaster Dixie Boys 14 all-stars dropped their second straight one-run loss to see their district playoff hopes end in an 8-7 loss to Union.

Lancaster led 7-6, but Union scored two runs in the seventh to take the comeback win.

Lancster, which opened play with a 13-4 win over Kershaw National, dropped its first loss in an 11-10 setback to Jefferson on Monday.

Brooks Viola led the 13 stars in the tourney, going 6-12, .500, with nine RBIs. Blake Langley hit .444 with a 4-9 plate effort and four RBIs. Gage Hinson hit .333 with four RBIs.

Lancaster catcher Jonathan “Fatback” Hill threw out six runners in the tourney, including four against Union. Brady Horton had a .666 on-base percentage, reaching eight out of 13 times.

Ozone all-stars play

The Lancaster Ozone all-stars returned to the Rodman Complex in Chester County on Thursday night to face Rock Hill, which is unbeaten in the district tournament.

The Lancaster Ozone stars have to defeat Rock Hill twice to win the district and earn a bid to the state tournament in Georgetown.