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Shining all-stars

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Bumper crop of local champs

Staff Reports
The 9-10-year-old Lancaster Dixie Youth American League all-stars won the District 2 AAA/Minors League Championship Wednesday, July 10, at Chester’s Rodman Park in a convincing fashion, downing the Union National League all-stars, 15-0.
The Lancaster American League all-stars went 5-0 during the tournament. Blayne Small pitched all three innings of the championship game.
The offense was lead by Andrew Wright who had two hits, including a double. Phillip Mickles also chipped in a double. Travis Bledsoe, Canon Stogner, Landon Jordan, Alex Griffin, Gavin Phillips, Jarrett Laney, and Matthew McCall, each had one hit.
The Lancaster team opened the tournament Saturday by beating host team Lewisville, 9-4. Wright, Griffin and Stogner were the pitchers for the Lancaster all-stars. Bledsoe lead the offense with a double. Stogner, Small, Griffin, and Jarrett Laney also had hits in the opening game.
Lancaster then beat York, 21-0, in the second round in Sunday’s game. Small pitched a no-hitter, yielding only one walk. Leading hitters were Ronald Stevens who had two hits, including a triple. Bry Neal, Stogner, Wright, Phillips, Laney and McCall, each had two hits for Lancaster. Small also had a hit.
The Lancaster all-stars then beat the Union National League all-stars, 24-4, in the third round Monday night. Neal and Jordan were the pitchers for that game. Leading hitters were McCall, who had a triple, double and single. Stevens also had three hits. Stogner, Neal, Wright each had two hits. Small, Griffin, Phillips, and Laney each had a hit for Lancaster.
Tuesday, July 9, Lancaster beat Clover, 17-5. Jordan and Stogner were the pitchers for that game. Leading hitters were Neal, who had two hits, including a three-run homerun; Bledsoe had an inside-the-park homerun; Jordan and Stevens each had two hits. Stogner and Wright had one hit each.
The Lancaster all-stars will compete in the state championship tournament in North Charleston that begins Saturday, July 20.
Mike Wright is the manager of the team. He is assisted by Bryant Neal and Brad Small.
Wright lauded his team’s effort,
“This is a great group of kids and parents,” Wright said. “They have represented Lancaster and Lancaster Dixie Youth Baseball very well.
“I look forward to taking them to Charleston next week to try achieve another goal that we have –  winning the state championship.”