Monday, August 4, 2014
Goose Creek products played major roles in helping North Charleston’s Dixie Majors win another World Series title this summer.
They recently captured their fourth Dixie World Series crown in Ozark, Alabama. Two players each from Goose Creek and Stratford high schools along with one from Cane Bay were key contributors as the North Charleston Dixie Majors finished 5-1 in the tournament.
Cody Smith and Chris Singleton are from GCHS, while Eddie Hiott and J.D. Davis are from Stratford. Cane Bay’s Cody Maw was also on the team. North Charleston coach Kenny Wilkinson said all five were starters.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Wilkinson, whose team breezed through the state tournament to earn the right to represent South Carolina. “We had some guys that did well. They worked hard and to be rewarded with (a title) was a big payoff.”
Maw, Smith and Hiott won one game each on the mound.
Smith led the team with a .500 batting average and tossed seven innings in a win over Louisiana. He had one of two RBIs in the championship game against Texas, a 2-1 North Charleston victory.
“He was probably the World Series MVP,” Wilkinson said.
Hiott batted over .400 and was the winning pitcher against Alabama. Maw recorded a win over Virginia and Singleton batted over .300 while making some stellar defensive plays from his outfield spot.
North Charleston’s other victory in the tournament was against Florida. It is now tied with two other teams - Monroe, La., and Lufkin, Texas - for the most national titles in Dixie Majors baseball (ages 17-19).
North Charleston won its other three World Series titles in 2005, 2006 and 2009. They were runners-up in 2001 and 2011.
Next summer, expectations will be high again.
“Our team is pretty young,” Wilkinson said. “Out of 17 on the team 11 of them could come back next year. We were a little young but they worked hard and jelled as a team, and had a few things go our way.”
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