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LDB stars shined on the diamond

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The 2013 Lancaster Dixie Baseball season is in the books and it’s been quite a story.
The 2013 LDB seasons saw five all-star teams advance to state tournament play.
“We did really well,” said veteran LDB chairman David Hance. “These coaches and players were outstanding. Their parents, grandparents and fans had plenty to cheer about this summer.”
The youth baseball organization’s 2013 all-star campaign ended with the AA stars, ages 7-8, playing in the Dixie Youth Baseball regional tournament in Walterboro.
The AA stars went 1-2 in the 12-team tournament, with a sixth place finish among teams from four states.
“I was so proud of these young players,” Lancaster AA all-star manager Jimmy Jackson said. “They represented Lancaster Dixie Baseball well on and off the field. That made us proud. We were the last team standing for Lancaster Dixie Baseball this season and we gave it our best shot.”
The AA stars earned a bid to the regional with a runner-up finish in the state tournament in Georgetown.
Just a few days prior, the Lancaster Dixie Boys 14 stars finished as the state runner-up.
The Dixie Boys 13 all-stars earned a state bid and went 1-2.
The AAA all-stars were 2-2 in state tourney play after winning the district crown in neighboring Rodman. The Ozone stars also reaped a state tournament bid with a district crown.
The LDB’s success just didn’t happen.
A few years ago, the league added an instructional league for incoming players ages 4-6.
This instructional league stressed the game’s fundamentals and the players hit off a pitching machine.
This early introduction to the game has to be a boost to enhance the level of play.
“I think it’s made an impact,” said Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-star manager Mike Wright. “These players know how to hit when they reach the next level.”
It’s safe to say Lancaster Dixie Baseball stepped up to the plate this season, drawing diamond recognition to Lancaster.
The program has quite a history with players going on to shine in college and pro baseball, not to mention state championship and World Series bids.
The 2013 season is one to savor as a banner campaign in the program’s long history.