Dixie Majors will have home-field advantage in three-team bracket
by The Press and Standard | June 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: June 20, 2018 at 9:14 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Dixie Majors All-Star team began competition in the District VIII tournament scheduled to be held June 20-23 at the ACE Basin Sports Complex in Walterboro. Competing in the three-team bracket with Allendale County and Jasper County, the All-Stars were scheduled to play Allendale on Wednesday June 20 at 6 p.m. and to face Jasper County Thursday June 21 at 6 p.m.
Head coach for the Majors is seven-year veteran coach Cornelius Hamilton who led his regular season team, the Killer Whales, to a 10-2 finish.
“The first week of practice went very well,” said Hamilton. “We’ve been practicing daily trying to get a feel for where to place the players defensively and offensively. We have been getting the guys some quality swings and base running reps. We’re fortunate to have players with a high IQ of the game who can adjust to playing multiple positions. We’ve been preparing each player to able to play multiple positions.”
A deep pitching rotation is a bonus for the Majors. “With the new low pitch count rules, we’re preparing to have a deep rotation of seven pitchers,” said Hamilton. “We expect to use Desmond Brown, Kendelle Daniels, James Garvin, Brian Hamilton, Jamaure Manigo, Grayson Mills and Daveon Varner in the pitching rotation.
“We have great confidence in our bats,” said Hamilton. “However, we definitely feel our strength will be our defense. Regardless of who’s pitching, we have a great group of versatile players that will allow us to keep a solid defense on the field.
“I’m honored to be selected as the head coach and have this opportunity to prepare this great group of young men to represent Colleton County,” said Hamilton. “With the help of the coaching staff and the grace of God, I’m confident that we will compete at a high level and do so with supreme sportsmanship and fair play. We’ve also been receiving volunteer support from Randy Mills, Jadaris Manigo, Larry Richardson, Darryl White, Quincy Chisolm and Jay Davis.”
The Majors tested the water last Thursday with a double-header scrimmage against the St. George and Lake Marion All-Stars.
Against St. George, Colleton County fell 3-1 and ended tied 1-1 against Lake Marion due to impending weather conditions.
“All three runs against St. George came off of two fielding errors,” said Hamilton. “Otherwise pitching and defense was solid. The game against Lake Marion was called due to lightning in the area. We allowed one unearned run in the second inning when the batter reached on a fielding error and then scored on a passed ball. Overall, we have to get the bats going. Our defense will hold up if we can get some runs across.”
The 2018 Colleton County Dixie Majors roster includes Desmond Brown, Tre’Mari Davis, Kendelle Daniels, James Garvin, Brian Hamilton, Samuel Reice Jamison, Jamaure Manigo, Grayson Mills, Jayden Richardson, Xavier Seabrook, Tyler Stanfield and Daveon Varner.
Hamilton is assisted by Dante Brown and Jason Stanfield.