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Shallotte, Leland begin state tournament Saturday

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Leland and Shallotte begin play this week in N.C. Dixie Youth Baseball for 12-year-olds at West Robeson.

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The week-long double-elimination tournament begins Saturday.

Leland will play the District 2 champion at noon Saturday. At a different field, Shallotte will play the District 7 champion at 11 a.m. Saturday. Brackets are available on the Dixie Youth Web site youth.dixie.org, and on page 3B.

Leland enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed from District 5 after beating Shallotte 10-1 for the district title July 7 at Shallotte District Park. (District 5 is sending two teams to the state tournament, and Shallotte and Leland qualified by reaching the title game.)

Randy MacClark hit a grand slam that could have cleared a center field fence at a high school field. He also was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits in the six-inning game. He walked three and struck out eight. Chris Graham homered, and Garrett Scoggins and Jacob Watson also drove in runs in the victory.

Shallotte’s only run came in the sixth on a single by Gray Cheers.

Leland finished unbeaten in the district tourney. Shallotte’s only losses were to Leland.

The N.C. Dixie Youth Baseball District 5 AAA tournament (for 10-year olds) also was played in Shallotte on Wednesday, July 8.

Leland held on to defeat Shallotte 15-13 in six innings to win the title, as Shallotte down 15-5, scored 8 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The N.C. Dixie Youth Baseball AAA state tournament also begins Saturday, in Clarkton, and the District 5 champion plays a first-round game at 5 p.m. against District 9-A champion.

The AAA and Majors state champions advance to the Dixie Youth World Series in Laurel, Miss., with the opening on Aug. 7 and the games Aug. 8-13.

Shallotte hosted the Dixie Youth AAA and Majors District 5 baseball tournaments July 3-8.

The leagues were from Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

The leagues are Wilmington Cape Fear Optimist, Leland, Town Creek, Lockwood Folly, Southport, Waccamaw and Shallotte.