With the win, Clinton advances to the Dixie Youth State Tournament in Hartsville, July 14-19.
Edgefield opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, putting up two runs off of a single and a fielder's choice. Clinton responded in the top of the second, scoring one run off of a 2-out single from Wil Stewart.
Clinton added a run in the fourth inning on a solo HR by RT Corley to tie the game at 2-2.
Wilson Wages led off the fifth with a double, stole third and scored on passed ball to put Clinton up 3-2.
Luke White was hit by a pitch to start the top of the sixth, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Zach Fortman delivered a single to score White, giving Clinton a 4-2 lead.
Pitching for Clinton, Fortman quickly recorded the first two outs of the bottom of the sixth off of a fly ball and a fielder's choice which put Edgefield County's leadoff hitter at first base. Chandler Mims worked a 2-1 count from Fortman and on the next pitch sent it over the right center field fence for a 2-run HR to tie the game at 4-4.
In Clinton's half of the seventh, Corley led off with a single and would come around to score off another single from Austin Copeland. Clinton led 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh.
Justin Copeland came in relief of Fortman, pitching a scoreless bottom half and securing the District 3 title for Clinton.
Corley was 2 for 3 with a HR, RBI and 2 runs scored. Wages was 2 for 3 with a double. Fortman pitched six complete innings, giving up four earned runs off of nine hits while striking out four. Justin Copeland allowed no hits and struck out one in one inning of work.
“Neither team would back down and both teams gave everything they had tonight,” said Clinton Head Coach Matt Stewart. “Very proud of the way my guys hung in there and battled tonight. They never gave up. This team's heart and will to compete is second to none. For some on this team, it's their 6th straight district title and for the majority it’s their 5th straight. These kids, every one of them, are extremely special players and more importantly great young men.”