Dixie Pre-Majors stars fifth in Series field

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Lancaster stars go 2-2

By The Staff

The Lancaster Dixie Pre-Majors baseball all-stars, the S.C. state champions, produced a fifth-place finish in the 12-team World Series in Guntersville, Ala.

Georgia, which handed Lancaster its two losses in the double-elimination tournament, ended the local stars’ Series title hopes with an 11-3 win Monday night.

“We wanted to still be playing, but we’re still proud of these players and what they have accomplished.

“In a 12-team tournament to finish in the top five is outstanding, a tremendous effort,” Lancaster manager Shane Caroway said. “This is a great experience for these players.

“After losing our first game, we kept battling and sent home two teams,” Caroway said. “These players did a great job of representing Lancaster and the state of South Carolina. After losing our first game in the tournament, we could have packed it in, but we fought on to make some noise and let them know what Lancaster is all about.”

Lancaster opened the play Monday with a 7-3 win over N.C. state champion Lillington.

Doopy Cloud worked six innings for the win, allowing two hits and striking out eight. Matt Bass went an inning and yielded a hit and fanned one.

Jason Dobbins had a single and a double to lead the attack. C.D. Pelham posted two hits. Jordan Caroway, Grayson Snipes, Jordan Brock, Gabe Glover, Wyatt Duncan, Clayton Starnes and Cloud each added a hit.

“There was a lot of pride on the line and we have the honor of being the best team in the Carolinas,” Caroway said.

In the 11-3 loss to Georgia, the winners took advantage of some early Lancaster miscues to take an early lead on the way to the win.

Jordan Brock, who worked three frames, took the loss. Grayson Snipes drilled two hits to lead the Lancaster offense. Wyatt Duncan had a double. C.D. Pelham and Gabe Glover each added a hit.

The Lancaster Dixie Pre-Majors all-stars rebounded to stay alive in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series on Sunday.

Lancaster, down 2-1, rallied for two runs in the seventh and a 3-2 win over Alabama.

Grayson Snipes’ sacrifice fly to deep center field scored Jason Dobbins with what proved to be the winning run.

Earlier in the inning, Dobbins doubled home Brayden Carnes to tie the game. Carnes was running for Jordan Brock, who reached on a hit.

The Lancaster stars scored a single run in the third when Jordan Caroway, who singled, dashed home on a fielder’s choice.

C.D. Pelham worked six innings and allowed three hits and four walks. He fanned seven in posting the win. Gabe Glover worked a scoreless seventh to notch the save.

Dobbins, Caroway and Brock had the three Lancaster hits.

On Saturday, the Lancaster stars fell Augusta, Ga., 6-1 in their tourney opener.

Wyatt Duncan’s RBI-hit scored Doopy Cloud with the Lancaster stars’ lone run in the third inning.

Duncan and Caroway each had a hit for the Lancaster stars.

The Lancaster Dixie Pre-Majors all-stars earned their bid to the World Series, capturing the state title at the Lancaster High School baseball field on July 18 when it defeated North Charleston, 6-4 to cap a 5-0 state tournament run.

 “Lynn James deserves a lot of credit in bringing the state tournament to Lancaster. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes work and our team responded with the state title and a bid to the World Series,” Caroway said