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SOUTHPORT—Brunswick County pitchers held Columbus County to three hits but Columbus went on to beat Brunswick 3-1 and win the Dixie Boys state championship Friday at Smithville District Park.
A leadoff home run by Gary Williams against Grayson Bullock gave Brunswick County, a team of 14-year-olds, a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Columbus County tied the score in the bottom of the first when starter Gregory Burton-White walked in a run. Reliever Matthew Lowry entered the game, and he gave up one run on a groundout. He ended the inning with a strikeout with the bases loaded.
Lowry gave up a two-double in the bottom of the second, but the inning ended when catcher Darren Farris threw out the runner trying to steal third.
In the bottom of the third, Farris threw out a runner trying to steal second. And with runners on third and first, reliever Cody Tow ended the inning with a three-pitch strikeout.
James Broome entered in relief in the top of the fourth inning, Columbus County scored a run on a one-out bases-loaded single, but Broome ended the inning by getting two strikeouts.
Bullock, a left-hander, allowed no batters to reach base in the fifth and sixth innings, but with two outs in the seventh James White tripled inside the first-base line to the right field fence. Bullock then left the game, but a reliever ended the game by getting a groundout.
Brunswick won its first two games in the tourney, beating Kings Mountain 14-1 and Franklin 6-0. Brunswick’s first loss was to Duplin, 6-4. But Brunswick won two loser-out games, beating Oxford 10-0 and Duplin 12-4, to advance to the best-of-three championship series with Columbus. Brunswick lost the first game 9-5.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.