Majors prepare for state with tough competition
by The Press and Standard | July 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm
Majors player Xavier Seabrook will represent xColleton County in the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament Home Run Derby.
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Dixie Majors will be prepared to face tough competition when they make their debut in the 2018 South Carolina Dixie Youth Majors Tournament. In addition to mandatory practices, the team traveled to North Charleston this past weekend where they gained valuable experience against the Augusta Storm and Lowcountry Lightning in the East Coast Blazing Bats Classic.
The Majors went 0-4 on the weekend recording losses against the Augusta Storm (14-6, 4-3) and the Lowcountry Lightning (9-4, 13-3). Daveon Varner recorded seven strikeouts over eight innings of work and Brian Hamilton went 7-9 at the plate.
“We had our ups and downs over the weekend in the tournament,” said Coach Cornelius Hamilton. “Playing in this event really served its purpose by helping us prepare for the Dixie State Tournament. The USSSA game pace is a little faster than Dixie Youth. We were really at a disadvantage from that aspect. Our guys had to adjust to the defensive challenges with runners getting a lead and playing off base. We faced some really good pitchers and we were able to get great defensive reps in.
“This tournament allowed us to clearly identify areas we need to improve heading into tournament play,” said Hamilton.
The Majors are scheduled to face Summerville/Parks at 10 a.m. Saturday July 14, on Boston Field at Wescott Park in North Charleston in game one of the Dixie State Tournament.
Opening ceremonies will be held Friday July 13 at Joe Riley Park, home of the Charleston Riverdogs, where players and coaches will be recognized in a parade of athletes and enjoy a dinner provided by North Charleston Recreation Department and the Charleston Riverdogs. Earlier in the afternoon, Xavier Seabrook will represent the team in a Home Run Derby to be held at Charleston Southern University Baseball Field at 2 p.m.