Stanly teams compete in Dixie Softball state tourneys

Published 6:04 pm Monday, July 16, 2018

This past weekend, Scotland County and the city of Laurinburg played host to the opening of the 2018 Dixie Youth Softball state tournaments.

A number of Stanly teams began play in those double-elimination tournaments in several divisions.

SweeTees (5-6 years old)

The youngest division, the SweeTees, play using a tee, hence the name of the division being capitalized.

West Stanly’s team had a bye in the first round of the five-team tournament and did not play until Sunday’s semifinals.

The first opponent for West Stanly was Central Columbus, who won 28-14 over West Lincoln in the first round.

In Sunday’s semifinals, Central Columbus advanced to the championship finals with a 33-10 win over West Stanly. Central takes on Duplin County, who won 29-17 over East Columbus on Saturday to reach the finals.

On Monday, West Stanly was eliminated from the tournament with a 29-22 loss to East Columbus.

Darlings (7-8)

Two Stanly teams qualified for the state tournament in the next older age bracket which is a coach-pitch level: North Stanly and West Stanly.

On Saturday, West Stanly opened with the first game of the Darlings tournament where the locals won 9-4 over Central Columbus.

West then faced Lumberton, who had a bye in the first round of the 11-team tournament. West Stanly won that game 16-11 to move on to the semifinals.

On Monday, West Stanly suffered the team’s first loss, losing to Duplin County, 11-5. West Stanly will take on Central Columbus Tuesday.

North lost its first round game to Dunn 15-4 on Saturday and faced East Rowan in the losers brackets. East Rowan lost 10-9 to East Columbus. North Stanly bounced back from its first-round defeat to beat East Rowan, 12-11.

North Stanly was eliminated from the tournament on Monday afternoon with an 8-4 loss to Central Columbus.

Dixie Angels X-Play (9-10)

South Stanly was the lone representative from the county in the Angels X-Play division’s eight-team tournament.

South opened the tourney with a 1-0 loss Saturday to Central Columbus, but stayed alive in the tournament with a 7-4 win over Richlands.

Early Monday morning, South Stanly was knocked out of the tournament with a 14-0 loss to Mount Olive.

Debs (16 and up)

Finally, in the oldest division, West Stanly opened play Saturday in a four-team tournament with a 15-1 win over White Oak.

In the next round on Sunday, West Stanly suffered a 10-0 loss to West Chatham, who had beaten Brunswick County North 8-2 on Saturday.

West Stanly lost on Monday afternoon to Brunswick County North 10-8, ending the team’s run in the losers bracket.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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