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Mecklenburg Majors head to Dixie World Series

South Boston News / July 15, 2020
The Mecklenburg County Dixie Majors 19-U boys traveled to Dillwyn on Friday to compete against Buckingham in the Virginia State Tournament and for the third year in a row the locals won the championship, thus advancing to the Dixie Majors World Series.

The Dixie Majors World Series opens July 24 in Ozark, Ala.

“Third year in a row,” coach Todd Seate said, reflecting on the win. “I’m glad we got to play.

“I thought we’d have a lost season but what we were gonna do was give them an opportunity to play just locally, even if we couldn’t go to a tournament. And then we got offered the opportunity to play in the state tournament.”

Referring to the national tournament site, Seate explained, “That’s the headquarters of Dixie, which is out of Alabama — they shut everything down from 13 years and under. And they are doing World Series for ages 13 and up. We are in the process of finding donations to help pay for the rooms and all.”

On Friday night the games opened but bad weather cut short the action after an inning and a third played. Teams finished out round one on Saturday, with Mecklenburg taking an 8-2 win in the opener.

“And then the second game, we ended up winning that one 15-5,” Seate said. “We actually were up 11-1 which would be slaughter rule. And our pitcher ran out of pitches.” Stints on the mound are limited to help mitigate player injuries.

The Mecklenburg team is comprised of players from Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Halifax, Prince Edward, and Granville (N.C.) counties. Seate said the players from North Carolina have played with the Clarksville Dixie league in previous years.

Seate said anyone wanting to donate funds towards the Mecklenburg County Dixie Majors trip to the World Series can do so by calling 434-265-3859. There are various ways to donate and those will be explained.

After competing in the series two years in a row, the Mecklenburg Majors will be looking to bring home the world title this season. Like any other coach, Seate is already thinking towards next year as the squad prepares to battle for a 2020 World Series title.

“We don’t lose but one player,” Seate said, looking forward. “The rest of them can come back and hopefully we’re gonna make a run at the World Series then too.”

Seate also said that a Mecklenburg County 15-U team will be playing in the Halifax Dixie baseball league. The neighboring baseball league began play last week after Virginia moved to Phase 3, which allows up to 250 people to gather. Though Seate will be in Alabama at the World Series, Eric Watson — a Bluestone alumnus and former Baron student-athlete — will be coaching the team.

Seate credited Dan Powell, former Bluestone High School athletic director, with helping to secure a place for the team to compete in the Halifax league. He also thanked Halifax Dixie Baseball President David Ashwell and the executive board for welcoming them in.

Game One

Mecklenburg 8, Buckingham 2

The Mecklenburg County Dixie Majors baseball team won the game 8-2. Mecklenburg held Buckingham scoreless until the sixth inning.

“Michael Thomas Holtzman pitched one and a third innings in the first game before rain stopped us,” Seate said. “John Hobgood (on Saturday) pitched four and two-thirds inning, and Jarrett Hamby pitched one inning for the win.”

Mecklenburg took a 1-0 lead at the end of the first. With one down Holtzman got on base; teammate Cameron Sheets was left on base after reaching base on an error — the error allowing Holtzman to score.

The champs posted three runs in the second inning. Hunter Sykes worked a lead-off walk; Austin Hall followed with a walk.

Hamby singled, plating Sykes; Holtzman doubled, scoring Hall. Brandon Rolfe reached base on an error; Rolfe eventually scored for the 4-0 lead.

Mecklenburg added two runs each in the fourth and sixth innings. Rolfe walked to get on base before scoring in the fourth. Hamby drilled a triple in the inning and also posted a score.

In the sixth inning, Holtzman doubled before Sheet cracked a homerun to seal the 8-2 win. Copley and Dailey scored runs for Dinwiddie.

Game Two

Mecklenburg 15, Buckingham 5

Each team would score one run each in the first inning but Mecklenburg would go on to dominate this game.

The local team posted four runs in the second and six runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach of a Buckingham rally.

“We actually hit two, two-run home runs to the opposite field to win it by slaughter rule,” Seate said. Jarrett Hamby and Justin Hudson each had the sixth inning homers.

Justin Hudson pitched five and two-thirds innings in the second game followed by Hunter Sykes finishing the game on the mound.

Hamby had Mecklenburg tied at 1-1 at the end of the first inning. Hudson hit a single but was left on base.

Austin Hall and Thomas Lee scattered doubles and scored. Rolfe tripled and Sykes reached base on an error, each scoring for the 5-1 lead.

In the third inning Mecklenburg blasted out six runs. Stephen Dunlow (single), Sykes (error), Hall (walk), Lee (double), Hamby (single), and Holtzman (triple) each crossed home plate.

Holtzman posted a fifth inning run. Hamby (HR), Holtzman (single) and Hudson (HR) closed out the scoring for the 15-5 win.

Donations sought for Alabama trip

The Mecklenburg Dixie Major All-Stars are headed to the Dixie World Series for the third year in a row.

They need your help to defray the costs associated with the trip to Alabama.

Anyone interested in making a monetary donation to help these young men with travel-related expenses can call 434-265-3859.

Alternatively you can call Coach Matt Shearin at 252-432-3884. Julie Hamby at 434-865-5500 or Kresea Fulks at 434-917-1183.

Donations can also be mailed to Mecklenburg Dixie Majors, 2183 Cow Road, Buffalo Junction, VA 24529.

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