The Beaufort County All-Stars came short in their state title bid Thursday at the Dixie Junior Boys (13U) State Tournament, losing twice to Sumter in the championship round at Bluffton’s Oscar Frazier Park.
Sumter used a strong pitcher performance from Clark Kinney — who also added a three-run homer — to win the first game 9-5, forcing a winner-take-all rematch. Beaufort County left nine men on base and made three errors as Sumter claimed the second game 11-1 in six innings.
Braydon Dineen was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kyler McKeever had an RBI double and scored a run in the opener. McKeever was tagged with the loss on the mound.
McKeever had three of Beaufort County’s six hits in the finale, while Logan Brutcher, Owen Harwell, and Carter Zareva each added a hit. Brutcher took the loss on the mound.
Both teams advance to the Dixie Junior Boys World Series from Aug. 3-7 in Aiken and will square off again in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament.