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Next stop, state tournament for KC American Dixie Boys

Posted: July 12, 2011 3:38 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County American Dixie Boys baseball team put on a dominating performance in roaring to the Sub District A Tournament crown in York last week by outscoring the opposition by a combined 51-10 count.

With the tournament title, KC American moves onto the Dixie Boys State Tournament which opens Saturday in Aiken.

KC American opened play on Saturday, July 2 with a 7-0 win over Rock Hill. Ross Hough, Sam Powers and Darius Smith combined to pitch a no-hitter. The trio combined to strike out 16 Rock Hill batters while issuing four walks.

Nick Tucker led the offense with three hits, including a pair of triples and a double. The winners scored once in the first inning, added one more run in the third before exploding for five in the fourth.

One day later, the Camden-based squad faced Lancaster and came away with a 12-1 win.

Powers and Lawson Stokes combined on a two-hitter with nine strikeouts while not issuing a walk. Smith was the leading hitter for the winners with four hits plus a walk in a game in which KC American scored six runs in the third and six more in the sixth.

After a rain out on the Fourth of July, KC American returned to York on Tuesday and shut out Chester, 10-0, to improve to 3-0.

Hough pitched a complete game three-hitter with nine strikeouts and a walk. Stokes was the offensive leader with two singles and a double.

KC scored two runs in the first, a pair in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth in a game stopped by the 10-run rule.

The closest game of the tournament for KC American came in game four, a 15-9 victory over the West Wateree-based KC National squad.

Tucker, Smith and Powers split the pitching chores and allowed eight KC National hits. The trio combined for 12 strikeouts and four walks.

Offensively, George Randolph, Hough, Tucker, Stokes and Powers each had two hits to lead the winners.

KC American broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the second and a pair in the third inning to go on top, 6-1. The Nationals used a six-run fourth to take a 7-6 lead. Trailing 9-7, the American squad erupted for eight runs in the sixth inning to take the lead for keeps while moving to the title game.

Thursday’s championship contest was a rematch of a third round game and for the second time in three days, KC American faced and shut out Chester, this time by a 7-0 count for the tournament title.

Powers pitched a two-hit, complete game with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

Stokes led the offensive attack for the locals with two doubles and a single.

The champions scored three runs in both the first and fourth innings while adding a solo run in the third.

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