Dunn’s Dixie Youth AAA Baseball All-Stars left no doubt that they belong in the state tournament, storming into Ash, N.C., and bringing the thunder against the host team, Waccamaw.
Dunn’s 10U boys beat Waccamaw in three innings, by the lop-sided score of 24-0. They advanced to Sunday’s second round and played Boger City at 6:45 p.m.
Before yesterday’s game, AAA All-Stars head coach Tommy Daughtry Jr. shared some insight into Saturday evening’s big win.
First pitch was scheduled for 4:30 p.m., but the game against Waccamaw didn’t start for another two hours, at 6:30 p.m.
Daughtry Jr. said three pitchers combined for a one-hit shut out. Harry Johnson started the game, Camden Wilson pitched the second inning and Tanner Williams threw the third.
Every one his boys got a hit in the 24-run, first-round, blow-out win.
“We preached discipline at the plate and pitch selection,” Daughtry said. “We coach them to choose a pitch they can do something with, and to hit it hard. ... (and) we did that. The whole team — all batters up and down the order — found a way to get on base.”
Daughtry, mentioned to a few of fans of the team that he hopes the boys didn’t use up all their hits in game No. 1. “We hope that offensive effort continues throughout the tournament,” he said.
They may have needed those bats to have kept warm last night, facing a Boger City All-Star team that held Red Springs to just three runs on Saturday. Boger City beat Red Springs, 8-3, to advance to Sunday’s second round.
Daughtry and fellow coaches Dustin Hinson and Terry Williams watched the Lincoln County team’s win Saturday morning.
“We didn’t end up playing until 6:30 p.m., but our coaches were at the ball field at 10 a.m., watching our opponent,” Daughtry said. “(Boger City) has a good catcher behind the plate. He threw out three runners. They have good size (and) some physically bigger pitchers who pound the strike zone.”
He said Boger City threw three pitchers against Red Springs on Saturday, two were left-handed.
If Dunn was able to surpass Boger City’s pitching last night, and earn a second round win, they will play tonight at 7:45, versus either Columbus County or South Park White.