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Mecklenburg Pre-Majors head to World Series

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Members of the Mecklenburg Pre-Majors state championship team are, from left, first row, Austin Shook, Scott Nutter, Trevor Lipscomb, Dalton Lockridge, Jarrett Hamby, Cameron Shook, Christian Bartholemew, Ethan Stanley Back row, standing: Coach Drew Cleaton, Coach Johnny Cleaton, Manager Nelson Reavis, Thomas Lee, Kyle Tanner, Michael Holtzman, Cameron Sheets, Justyn Hudson, Austin Hall, Coach Matt Shearin. / July 17, 2019

The Mecklenburg Dixie Boys Pre-Majors (16-18) mowed down the competition in the Virginia State Tournament held over the weekend at Parker Park in South Hill. The Mecklenburg squad won three straight games in dominant fashion to take the trophy and a spot in the Dixie Boys World Series set for Sterlington, La. beginning July 27.

The Mecklenburg team was never threatened in the state tournament as they defeated Charlotte County in the Friday opener, 10-1, before advancing to face Halifax County on Saturday.

Halifax had reached the second round via a 10-8 win over the Madison Heights squad Friday. On Saturday, Mecklenburg handed the Halifax boys their first loss of the tournament in decisive fashion, 19-0.

The Mecklenburg squad was error free in the field and flashed power at the plate, and two pitchers combined for the shutout of Halifax. Scott Nutter got the start and struck out three, walked one and allowed only four hits. Thomas Lee Jr. closed the game out by pitching two-thirds of an inning and recording a strikeout and a flout.

At the plate, the Mecklenburg team was led by Cameron Sheets who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and four runs scored. Kyle Tanner (2), Justyn Hudson (2), Christian Bartholemew (3) and Trevor Libscomb (2) had multiple RBIs as well.

In the championship game, the Mecklenburg team faced the Charlotte County boys for the second time after Charlotte County defeated Halifax in the nightcap Saturday. The Saturday night loss for Halifax ended their run in the double elimination event.

Mecklenburg was in strong position Sunday as Charlotte County needed to win twice to take the championship.

Mecklenburg jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning and two more runs in the second. Meanwhile, the locals held Charlotte County scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when they got two runs. It wasn’t enough and Mecklenburg added three more runs in the sixth for a 10-2 decision.

Sheets was once again instrumental at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three singles and a home run, his second dinger of the tournament. Sheets scored three times and was responsible for three RBIs. Michael-Thomas Holtzman and Thomas Lee Jr. both scored twice and Austin Hall contributed three RBIs in the effort. Catcher Jarrett Hamby was stout behind the plate with no errors and eight putouts.

Starting on the mound for Mecklenburg in this final game was Holtzman who befuddled his opponents for six solid innings. Holtzman recorded five strikeouts, three walks and just a pair of hits before surrendering the pitching duties to Justyn Hudson who closed it out with a pair of ‘K’s and a ground out.

With the victory, the Mecklenburg team earned the right to return to the Dixie Boys World Series for the second year in a row. The team will travel to Sterlington/Monroe La., to face Alabama in the opener at 4 p.m. on July 27.

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