Summerville all-star team has strong start

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013

On behalf of his grandfather, Gary McJunkin (far right), Daniel McJunkin throws out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday. ROGER LEE/JOURNAL SCENE


One local team was eliminated Monday but another lived to fight another day.
The 2013 South Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-star Tournament opened Saturday at Wescott Park. Twelve teams from across the state are vying for a state championship and the honor of advancing to represent South Carolina in the Minors World Series to be held Aug. 3-8 in Laurel, Miss.
Opening day of the state tournament brought some memorable moments for players and fans alike.
Prior to the North Charleston All-stars’ first game officials paid homage to Gary McJunkin, one of the founders of South Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball. His grandson, Daniel, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and his son, Danny, caught the pitch.
The Parks Field American all-stars got out to a 2-1 start in the tournament. The Summerville team defeated Six-Mile 12-1 Saturday and won a game with Abbeville Sunday. But after winning eight straight games since the opening of the all-star season, Parks American was shutout by Midland Monday.
The tournament is double elimination so Parks American will have to win all of its remaining games in order to claim a state championship.
The North Charleston all-stars opened the tournament with a loss to Lancaster American. On Monday, the team battled in an effort to remain in the tournament but was eliminated with an 8-4 loss to Abbeville in extra innings.
At the end of play Monday Midland and Hartsville Northern were the only undefeated teams in the tournament. Other teams participating are Lake Marion, Orangeburg, Beaufort East, Delmae and Conway.
The tournament continues with games scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 23 and July 24 and the finals scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. July 25.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com


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