Revised on: 07.17.2018 at 12:49 p.m.
Posted on: 07.16.2018 at 12:40 p.m.
The Columbus County and Duplin County Dixie Boys were “moving right along,” Columbus County holding a 2-1 lead after five innings. Columbus County added two more runs, taking a 4-1 advantage into the bottom the sixth inning. Duplin County responded with three tallies to tie the score at four-all. Damien McLeod came in from his centerfield position to take the mound with the bases-loaded. McLeod recorded a strike out to end the Duplin rally.
As Mike Mobley stated, “Ol Mo, appears to be wearing Duplin County blue camo.” K.J. Brown quickly switched the momentum back to Columbus County with a triple leading off the top of the seventh. Four more hits, three errors and one walk later Columbus County held a 13-4 lead. Garrett Little pitched a scoreless seventh to secure the win.
Kenneth (K.J.) Brown had three hits, including two triples in the seventh frame for Columbus County. Landon Soles’ three hits included a double. Eric Carr doubled twice. Gavin McPherson contributed a run-scoring double to give Columbus a 2-1 leading the fifth inning. Carr, Brown, Soles, McLeod and Little all pitched for Columbus County with McLeod picking up the win despite facing just one batter.
Columbus County takes on Bladen County Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Bladen County defeated Hope Mills 11-3 in the opening round.
It looked like the Columbus County Jr. Dixie Boys were going to run away and hide from Hope Mills, leading 8-0 after just two innings. Hope Mills mounted a strong comeback before Columbus County scored twice in the fifth and held on for a 10-8 victory.
Daquan Cox, Jaheim Dixon, Tyler Hammond and Ellis Riggins each collected two hits. Dixon, Hammond and Riggins each doubled. Markell Simmons contributed a triple. Dalton Thompson singled and scored twice.
Bladen County’s Dixie Boys burst loose with 16 runs in the final four innings to take a 17-7, six-inning win over Columbus County. After each team scored once in the first frame, Bladen added four runs in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and seven in the sixth to end the game due to the run-rule.
Damien McLeod had two hits and scored twice for Columbus County. Eric Carr and Alan Ellis contributed singles. Landon Soles, Levi Herring, Garrett Little, Reddeck Powell and Parker Simmons added a base hit each.
Bladen County erased a 4-3 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on to defeat the Columbus County Jr. Dixie Boys 9-7. Columbus fought back with a single run in the sixth and two in the seventh, but were unable to complete the comeback.
Jaheim Dixon had three hits and scored twice for Columbus. Aaron Mitchell connected for two doubles. Thatcher Rooks and Carter Lee also contributed two hits. Bladen County is now 2-0 and Columbus is 1-1 in the four-team, round robin tournament.
The Columbus County 14s play Brunswick County today (Monday) in a 4:30 p.m. elimination contest. The Columbus 13s also play Brunswick at 4:30 today as tournament play continues at Town Creek Park in Brunswick County.