MB All-Stars swing sticks, reach state championship

mballstars-leckieTired of the drama of three close victories to open the South Carolina Dixie Youth Majors state tournament, the Myrtle Beach All-Stars broke out the bats and delivered an uneventful 15-4 mercy-rule win over Northern Hartsville on Wednesday night to advance to the state championship.

Myrtle Beach needs only one win in two tries against Maple Park on Thursday. The winner advances to the Dixie Youth World Series.

Myrtle Beach’s Bradley Leckie went 3 for 3, including a three-run homer in the second inning, and the rest of the Myrtle Beach bats came to life. Tied at 4-all after two innings, Myrtle Beach opened the third with back to back singles by Devin Moody and Joey Rybicki. Will Jackson than laid down a beautifully placed bunt to load the bases with no outs. Moody scored on a Robbie Anderson’s fielder’s choice and a Max Hogan walk reloaded the bases with one out. Tate Hanna grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Rybicki, but a throwing error allowed Jackson to score as well and Myrtle Beach was on top 6-4. In the top of the fourth, Harvey led off with a walk and Leckie later doubled him home to make the game 7-4.

The top of the fifth proved to put the game out of reach. Moody led off with a walk, followed by a Rybicki single. Jackson brought both runners home with a triple, then he scored on a passed ball to put the score at 10-4. Hogan, Hanna, and Mason Foltz followed with singles to load the bases. Hogan scored on a Harvey walk, and Kellan McDowell cleared the bases with a two-run double and two-run throwing error to complete the scoring for the game.

Robbie Anderson pitched three innings and gave up four runs and Will Jackson pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings.

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