Clinton All-Stars shut out Hilton Head in state tournament opener

Jul 16 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

The Clinton 11-12 All-Stars opened Dixie Youth state tournament play in Hartsville on Saturday morning with a 6-0 win over Hilton Head behind a dominant pitching performance from Luke White.

White pitched a complete game shutout allowing only four hits and striking out eight. 

"Hilton Head is a great team,” said Clinton head coach Matt Stewart. “They battled and their pitching was excellent. Kept us off balance the whole game.”

Clinton put one run on the board in the top of the third inning off an RBI single from Bryce Young, scoring Zane McLendon.

Clinton added two more runs in the fourth. Justin Copeland led off the inning with a single and stole second. Landon Vo drew a walk and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch scored Copeland and moved Vo to third. Wil Stewart delivered a 2-out double to right center field scoring Vo and putting Clinton up 3-0 after four innings. 

Clinton added their final three runs in the sixth inning. Austin Copeland and Justin Copeland singled. Austin would eventually score on a passed ball. With one out, Wilson Wages drove a 1-1 pitch over the right center field fence for a 2-run homerun, making the final score 6-0.

Justin Copeland was 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Wilson Wages was 1 for 3 with a homerun and two RBIs. Wil Stewart was 1 for 2 with a double and one RBI. Bryce Young was 1 for 2 with an RBI.

“Good to get that first win,” said Stewart. “Proud of the guys for doing what the team needed to win. We came out a little flat early on and that's my fault for not getting the team properly focused. Extremely proud of Luke White. His pitching kept us in it when our bats were struggling. 

With the win, Clinton advances to play Greer on Monday at 2:30pm. That game was rained out on Sunday. If they win, they will play again at 9:30pm. If they lose,they play at 8pm. All games are being played at Byerly Park in Hartsville.

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