Myrtle Beach All-Stars win Dixie Youth championship

mballstars-celebThe Myrtle Beach All-Star baseball team is officially the Dixie Youth Majors state champion. Now the 12-and-under team hopes to follow the footsteps of Coastal Carolina University by bringing home a World Series title.

Myrtle Beach claimed the championship Thursday in Union by defeating Maple Park 6-4 on the backs of three home runs, including a walk-off, game-winning two-run homer by Tate Hanna in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Will Jackson pitched a complete game, allowing four runs while striking out 11. Jackson also had a complete-game shutout in his first start in Union for a combined 15 innings pitched, giving up only four runs while striking out 28 batters to only only one walk.

With the game tied at 4-all in the top of the sixth and Maple Park’s leadoff hitter on 1st, Myrtle Beach executed a textbook 6-4-3 double play and Will Jackson got the final Maple Park batter to pop up for the final out.  With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Robbie Anderson smashed a line shot down the right field line for a triple and Myrtle Beach was in business.  After a groundout failed to score Anderson from third, Tate Hanna hammered a 0-1 pitch over the left center field fence to win the game and championship for Myrtle Beach.

The scoring started early in the championship game as Maple Park led off with a walk and a two run homerun to quickly take the lead on Myrtle Beach.  The two run homer was than followed by a solo shot to make the score 3-0. Myrtle Beach answered with a three-run homer when Max Hogan crushed a shot over the center field fence to bring home Anderson and Jackson in the bottom of the first.  Maple Park went up 4-3 with another solo shot in the top of the second inning.  Both starting pitcher’s settled down through the third until Tate Hanna blasted a solo shot over the right field fence in the bottom of the fourth.

Myrtle Beach finished the tournament as the only undefeated team and will head to Laurel, Mississippi on Aug. 4 in search of a Dixie Youth World Series Championship.

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