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Pre-Majors exit Dixie World Series after two games

SoVaNow.com / August 07, 2019
The Mecklenburg County Dixie Boys Pre-Majors All-Stars (16-18) traveled to Sterlington, La. in late July to participate in the 2019 Dixie Boys World Series. The team had earned a berth in the Dixie national tournament after winning the Virginia State Tournament held at Parker Park in South Hill earlier this summer.

The Mecklenburg All-Stars opened World Series play on Saturday, July 27 against a talented squad of Alabama All-Stars. Alabama scored eight runs on eight hits while holding Mecklenburg to a lone run in the second inning to take the 8-1 victory.

Justyn Hudson got the start on the mound for Mecklenburg and a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes allowed Alabama to score the first run of the game. The first Alabama batter, C. Brannon, grounded out to third basemen Cameron Sheets. Hudson then walked the next Alabama batter on five pitches, something that Hudson rarely allows to happen. Things quickly deteriorated for Mecklenburg as an infield grounder tied up shortstop M. Holtzman, and the error put runners at first and second.

A balk call against Hudson advanced the baserunners to second and third. Alabama’s first run then came on the wild pitch. Hudson pulled it together and a strikeout and a groundout to end the side.

Mecklenburg left two runners stranded on base in the bottom of the first after Cameron Sheets ripped a two-out single and A. Hall drew a walk. Alabama’s pitcher got out of the jam with a groundball out to end the inning.

In the top of the second, Alabama went 3-up, 3-down as Hudson found his rhythm. A rising senior at Park View, Hudson struck out two in the frame.

Mecklenburg’s lone run of the game came in the bottom of the second when K. Tanner slapped a single, advanced to third on an Alabama throwing error and then scored when D. Lockridge hit a tricky shot to first base for an RBI single.

Alabama got two runs in the top of the fourth, added a fourth run in the top of the fifth, two in the sixth and two more in the seventh in routing Mecklenburg 8-1.

Hudson got the start on the mound for Virginia, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. Hudson struck out seven in four innings in taking the loss.

C. Sheets pitched as middle relief, allowing four runs on four hits with one walk over two innings. M. Holtzman came in for the seventh inning and allowed a run on one hit and two walks.

The loss relegated Mecklenburg to the loser’s bracket where they faced a win or go home situation against the Florida All-Stars on Sunday. Unfortunately, go home was the option that ended up taking place.

Mecklenburg couldn’t get anything going offensively as the Florida pitcher seemed unhittable for the first three innings. Mecklenburg went 3 up, 3 down in the first, second and third innings before finally putting a man on base in the fourth when Sheets was struck by a pitch. He was left stranded, however, and Mecklenburg wouldn’t score until the top of the seventh inning.

In the top of the seventh, Mecklenburg found themselves in a pretty deep hole trailing 7-0, but they made a valiant effort to come back. T. Lee Jr. led off for Mecklenburg and singled on a bunt back to the Florida pitcher and then advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. C. Bartholemew was next up for Virginia and rapped a single to right, scoring Lee. J. Hudson popped one up for the first out of the side and then D. Lockridge struck out looking which dampened the enthusiasm created by the earlier run.

Mecklenburg wasn’t done, though, and K. Tanner drew a walk, putting runners at first and second. C. Bartholemew then advanced to third on a passed ball. Next up, J. Hamby slapped a bouncer to first, drawing a Florida error and allowing both Bartholemew and Tanner to score, cutting the lead to 7-3. T. Lipscomb then drew a walk to put runners on first and second again before Lipscomb, getting aggressive on the base paths, was picked off by the Florida catcher. The game ended the game and Virginia’s run in the World Series.

M. Holtzman got the start on the mound for Mecklenburg, pitching four innings and allowing five runs (two earned) on three hits, three walks while striking out nine. J. Hamby came in as the closer and struck out two, walked one and allowed two earned runs on three hits.

Offensively the Mecklenburg squad was led by T. Lee Jr., who went 2 for 3 and C. Bartholemew who went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

The loss to Florida ended the season for Mecklenburg and the players will now scatter to the four winds. Some will go off to college, some will return to Park View, Brunswick High School and Brunswick Academy, but the memories and friendships made will endure.





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