Riegelwood players shake hands with Hope Mills after a hard-fought win.
The Dixie Youth AAA (10-and-under) state baseball tournaments kicked off on Saturday, with 24 teams, roughly 375 players and coaches, and countless family members making their way to the Nathan Harris Athletic Complex at Tyler Park in Dunn.
Dunn’s team concluded the day with a 6-4 win over West Robeson American in the final game of the day on the IGA Field.
Starting pitcher Wyatt Scott got the win for Dunn, allowing just one earned-run on two hits while striking out one in one-and-a-third innings.
Scott also got the job done at the dish, going a perfect 3-for-3 on the day with one run scored. Davis Spruill also had a multi-hit outing with two base knocks in the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
Gavin Tyndall and Tanner Williams each had one hit and one run scored. Tres Daughtry had one hit. Harry Johnson and Alan Hinson each scored one run.
Dunn, playing as the visiting team, set the tone early by hanging up five runs in the top of the first inning on three hits, two walks and an error.
West Robeson got one back in the bottom half on a base hit to center field, but a tremendous throw from Daughtry in the outfield to Spruill at the plate caught the second runner and ended the inning to keep it at 5-1.
West Robeson hung around though, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third to make the home fans sweat a little. But Dunn added an insurance run in the top of the sixth after Scott led off with a single, advanced on a couple of wild pitches and scored on a hit by Spruill.
West Robeson nearly mounted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth, loading up the bases with two outs. But shortstop Carson Tew showed impressive range on a blooper in shallow center to reel in the final out and secure the win.
Dunn advanced to face Stanley, who defeated Leland 8-5 on Saturday, in the second round at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Dunn fell to Stanley 5-4, forcing them into an elimination game against Reidsville at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
West Robeson faced Leland in an elimination game and won 8-4. They'll face Richlands at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.
Other teams advancing into the winners’ bracket in Division 1 were Whiteville (11-1 over Burgaw), Richlands (8-1 over Reidsville), Riegelwood (6-1 over Hope Mills), Elizabethtown (9-6 over West Chatham), Boger City (11-0 over Montgomery), East Duplin (9-6 over Kannapolis).
Southport (7-1 over Mount Holly), Rose Hill (14-6 over Red Springs), Dixon (15-0 over Anson) and Lockwood Folly (11-0 over Bessemer City) all advanced to the winners’ bracket in the Division 2 tournament.