All Stars win 1st runner-up


Fall to Florida in Dixie Youth World Series

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo The South Carolina AA Machine Pitch All-Stars won first runner-up while representing the state in the Dixie Youth World Series.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Members and supporters of the team hold up signs with Miracle League of Union County mascot Homer after the team returned on Friday.


By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

MYRTLE BEACH — The South Carolina AA Machine Pitch All-Stars — from Union County — won first runner-up in the Dixie Youth World Series tournament this week.

The roster team from Union County that represented the state in the Dixie Youth World Series included Landon Sumner, Cade Coker, Christian Hughey, Rylan Lancaster, Joe Knox, States Farr, Andrew Latham, Mason Small, Tanner Hardin, Mason Cromer, Joshua Brandon and Nathaniel Smith. The team’s coaches are Brian Hardin, Rockey Lancaster, Cyle Coker and Ronnie Latham.

Supporters of the team lined both sides of the entry into Timken Sports Complex as the team returned from the tournament on Friday, and fans cheered in rhythm, “We are proud of you, we are proud of you!”

The South Carolina team began the tournament with pool play to determine whether or not they would advance to the single-elimination bracket portion of the tournament. They defeated Virginia 17-7 in the first game and shut out Tennessee in six innings in the second game.

The team’s first loss of the series came from Florida, who scored seven runs in the 5th inning and won 11-1. South Carolina then lost to Louisiana 8-7. Another loss would have put South Carolina out of the series, but they fought back to defeat Georgia 15-5 and advance to bracket play.

“I was most impressed with how they lost — fighting the heat and humidity — and fought back,” said Coach Brian Hardin. “They never quit; they never quit one time.”

Hardin said the seven- and eight-year-olds fought through extremely intense heat and humidity during the tournament.

“Keeping them hydrated was a chore in itself,” he said. “I don’t think people have any idea of the heat they faced.”

Hardin also said the children played five games in 24 hours, finishing up Wednesday’s games around 12:30 a.m. and getting in bed around 1:30 a.m. after a quick bite to eat. They were then back up at 7:30 a.m. to be at the ballpark at 8 a.m.

During bracket play, South Carolina defeated Alabama 15-9 to advance to the championship game against Florida. He said the team from Florida was impressive with hitting from each of its 12 batters. South Carolina came up short in the championship game in a final score of 16-6.

Hardin praised the behavior of the children, mentioning there was no trouble throughout the entire trip. He also said he is thankful for his coaching staff.

“We communicate well,” he said. “We’re all on the same page.”

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Courtesy photo The South Carolina AA Machine Pitch All-Stars won first runner-up while representing the state in the Dixie Youth World Series.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_dixie-youth.jpgCourtesy photo The South Carolina AA Machine Pitch All-Stars won first runner-up while representing the state in the Dixie Youth World Series.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Members and supporters of the team hold up signs with Miracle League of Union County mascot Homer after the team returned on Friday.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DY-and-homer.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Members and supporters of the team hold up signs with Miracle League of Union County mascot Homer after the team returned on Friday.
Fall to Florida in Dixie Youth World Series

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

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