The Beaufort County All-Stars notched two more wins Wednesday at the Dixie Junior Boys (13U) State Tournament at Bluffton’s Oscar Frazier Park, leaving the host team in need of just one more victory to claim the state championship and clinching a spot in the Dixie World Series next month.
Beaufort County started its busy day Wednesday by rallying for an 8-6 victory over St. George in a game that was suspended by thunderstorms Tuesday night. The local team trailed 4-1 when storms rolled in during the fourth inning but scored three runs in the fourth and three in the fifth when play resumed Wednesday morning to remain undefeated.
Kevin Brown was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Logan Brutcher and Hudson Mullen each had two hits, two runs, and an RBI to lead Beaufort County at the plate. Brutcher earned the win, allowing one runs and three hits over three solid innings in relief.
Beaufort County again rallied from an early deficit in the nightcap, trailing 2-0 before outscoring North Augusta 12-0 over the next three innings, including a nine-run fourth to break it open.
Mullen was 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, Jadyn Andrews added two hits, and Brutcher and Braydon Dineen each drove in two runs. Carter Zareva was the winning pitcher, allowing one run and four hits over 3 2/3 innings with three strikeouts.
Beaufort County will face Sumter in the championship game at 10 a.m. Thursday. If Sumter wins the first game, a second winner-take-all rematch will follow.
The champion and runner-up both will advance to the Dixie Junior Boys World Series from Aug. 3-7 in Aiken.
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