Livingston, Wiand throw heat for North Charleston
Teams from across the Southeast are vying for a Dixie Baseball national title this week in North Charleston.
A dozen teams are competing in the Dixie Majors (19U) World Series Tournament being held at Collins Park and Charleston Southern University. The finals for the tournament are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Collins Park.
Host team North Charleston, which includes Summerville-area players, jumped out to a 2-1 start in the double-elimination tournament.
On Sunday, Fort Dorchester graduate Tyler Wiand helped the team rebound from an opening-round loss to Louisiana. Wiand fanned 10 batters while allowing only three hits over seven innings as North Charleston defeated Virginia 7-2.
On Monday, Ashley Ridge graduate Austin Livingston led North Charleston to a 5-0 shutout over Arkansas. Livingston, a rising sophomore at The Citadel, pitched a one-hitter and only surrendered a single walk during a complete-game performance.
North Charleston took a 2-0 lead early in the game off a pair of RBI singles from Livingston and Mike Punteney.
In the third inning, Zach Haralambis and Punteney reached on a pair of errors and then Pinewood graduate Steven Hansen plated Haralambis with a sacrifice fly.
Tyler Gross opened the bottom of the fourth with a double and then scored on a single by Wiand.
North Charleston added its final run in the sixth. Ryan Maksim was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gross and scored off a single by Kevin Hickey.
Other teams participating in the tournament include Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.
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