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Mecklenburg Dixie Majors heading to World Series

South Boston News / July 25, 2018
The 17-18 year old Mecklenburg Dixie Majors All-Stars earned a berth in the World Series to be held in Monroe La., with a narrow 8-7 victory over Goochland County last week.

The Virginia State Tournament was held at beautiful Parker Park in South Hill. Mecklenburg had little difficulty in the games preceding the championship game as they were able to win handily on most occasions. Leading up to the championship the Mecklenburg squad defeated Goochland 7-3, Buckingham 14-2 and Franklin County 15-0

Goochland, who had reached the championship game via the loser’s bracket had their work cut out for them needing to defeat Mecklenburg twice in the double elimination tourney.

Mecklenburg jumped out to an early lead as Carter Strickland was able to convert a double into a run when he was advanced by Hunter Gilliam’s sac fly and then scored by the DH Zach Lubick when Lubick grounded into a fielder’s choice. The Mecklenburg lead would hold just one inning.

Goochland would post four runs in the second as Fletcher, Ralone, Paynter and Roberts all crossed the plate. After the Goochland team held the local boys scoreless in the third they scored 3 more runs in the bottom of the third to take a commanding 7-1 lead into the fourthh.

Thankfully for the local fans this was the last of the Goochland scoring.

The locals then put three runs on the board in the fourth to claw their way back into contention with Jaiden Barker, Jordan Jones and Cameron Rogerson all crossing the plate.

Into the fifth inning the Mecklenburg team was still trailing 7-4 when the bats came alive. David Cleaton, J. Barker, J. Jones and Matt Mays scored to put the locals in the lead for good. The balance of the game was purely defense as neither side threatened again.

Mecklenburg will begin play in the World Series Saturday at 10 a.m. against North Carolina.

The tournament runs through Aug. 1 and is a 12-team double elimination affair.

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