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Dixie Boys junior all-stars finish as state runners-up

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By The Staff

The Lancaster Dixie Boys junior all-stars, age 13, fell short in their shot to capture a state championship.Host Lexington defeated Lancaster 10-0 in five innings to take the 2008 Dixie Boys junior all-stars state crown on Friday night in Lexington.Lexington now moves on to the Dixie Boys junior all-stars’ World Series in Bluffton.“Friday wasn’t our night,” said Lancaster Dixie Boys junior all-star manager Brant Barnes. “Our guys made a good run and we’re proud to take the state runner-up trophy.”Lancaster, the District IX champion, opened the double-elimination tournament with three straight wins – 13-3 over Dentsville, 17-0 over Seven Oaks and 10-9 over Union.Lancaster then dropped a 3-1 loss to Lexington. The juniors rebounded to stay alive with a solid 10-3 win over Sumter.With the Lancaster all-stars’ seven-run win over Sumter on Thursday night, three teams each with a loss were left to battle for the state title.Lancaster received the bye, with Lexington slated to face North Augusta in the state semifinals. Lexington defeated North Augusta 9-4 in the first game on Friday and then downed Lancaster to complete its sweep for the state title.“Lexington’s win in the first gave was a boost of momentum for them,” Barnes said. “They were able to get an early lead in the second game and built on that.”Lancaster Dixie Baseball chairman David Hance praised the local stars.“I know those coaches and players are disappointed, but they have nothing to be ashamed of,” Hance said. “They made a good run and just ran into a team which got on a roll the last day.”The Lancaster Dixie Boys program fielded two all-star teams, with the 14-year-old all-star squad finishing as the district runner-up in its tournament.