Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Summerville Little League Minors National All-stars claimed their district championship Wednesday.
Summerville National defeated Crowfield 10-5 Tuesday in the semi-finals for the District 2 tournament and defeated Summerville American 14-4 in the finals to claim the District 2 title and a berth to the South Carolina Little League Minors Tournament that begins in Greenville July 10. Summerville National will open against the winner of District 1, which includes Easley, Wren, Greenwood, Abbeville and Laurens.
Summerville National Manager Matt Lowe said rain delays took some momentum away from his team but his players battled through it.
“We were supposed to start on Sunday but because of the rain we didn't get out here until Tuesday,” Lowe said. “Crowfield played us a great game last night. We started out a little sluggish which is understandable but we were patient and our bats came around. When we were sluggish at the plate our defense was huge. They stepped up and made some great plays to help bridge the gap until we could get the bats going.”
The win was all the team needed to get back into its groove.
“You could see we were more focused tonight,” Lowe said. “We came out, attacked and played well. I'm real proud of the kids. They are a great group of kids who have a good attitude and good hustle and they never quit.”
Summerville National took an 8-0 lead during the top of the first inning of the championship game. Key hits included a double by Dakota Creech that drove in two runs and a single by Connor Lowe that plated two runs.
Summerville American loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame and scored a pair of runs before Summerville American got out of the inning with a couple of nice tags.
With the help of hits by Hayden Blasingame and Brayden Pope, Summerville National pushed three more runs across in the third.
The team went up 14-2 in the top of the fourth after stringing hits by Shane Daly, Blasingame and Jaden Allen together and capitalizing on some errors.
In the bottom of the frame, Govin Lockoff and Cameron Williams both walked and scored off Summerville National mistakes but Summerville American couldn't pull any closer.