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Dixie Softball State tourneys open Saturday in Laurinburg

Scotland County Parks and Recreation will serve as the host for the 2018 North Carolina Dixie Softball State Tournaments July 14-18. Laurinburg’s Morgan Complex and Optimist Park will serve as the sites for this year’s tournaments.

Columbus County will be represented by six teams playing in four divisions. District 9 champion Central Columbus and runners-up East Columbus will compete in the five-team SweeTees tournament. District 9 Darlings champion East Columbus and runners-up Central Columbus will play in the 11-team Darlings tourney. Central Columbus, Angels X-Play District 9 champ, will compete in an eight-team tourney. South Columbus, District 9 Ponytails X-Play champion, will play in an 11-team bracket. All tournaments are a double-elimination format.

The first four days of SweeTees play and the initial three days of the Angels X-Play tournaments will be held at Optimist Park, 9961 State Turnpike Road. The SweeTees finals and last two days of Angels X-Play will take place at the Morgan Complex, 1206 State Turnpike Road. The entire Darlings and Ponytails X-Play tournaments will take place at the Morgan Complex.

Saturday’ opening round matchups follow.

SweeTees:              Central Columbus vs. West Lincoln, 10 a.m.

East Columbus vs. Duplin County, Noon.

Darlings:                Central Columbus vs. West Stanly, 9 a.m.

East Columbus vs. East Rowan, 3 p.m.

Angels X-Play:     Central Columbus vs. South Stanly, Noon.

Ponytails X-Play:  South Columbus vs. Pembroke, 3 p.m.

Complete brackets may be viewed at

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