Beaufort County Junior Boys fall to eventual champion

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The Beaufort County All-Stars saw their run at the Dixie Junior Boys (13U) World Series end at the hands of a familiar rival Tuesday in Aiken.

After advancing to the final four with a 16-1 win over Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Tuesday morning, Beaufort County later lost 11-2 to Sumter — its fourth loss this postseason to the eventual champs.

After back-to-back mercy-rule wins in elimination games, the offense kept rolling against Mississippi, as Beaufort County put up 13 runs in the second inning en route to a 16-1 win in three innings. Kyler McKeever was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and three runs to lead the offense and struck out three while allowing one unearned run over two innings to earn the win. Dietrich Shuford and Braydon Dineen each added a hit and two RBIs.

The win earned Beaufort County another shot at the Sumter team it defeated once in the state tournament, but Sumter maintained its upper-hand with a fourth consecutive win over its new rival.

Kevin Brown and Jadyn Andrews each went 2-for-3, and Logan Brutcher and Carter Zareva each had a hit and an RBI in the finale. Brown started on the mound and took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) over three innings.

All four of Beaufort County’s losses came to Sumter — two in the state tournament and two in the World Series.

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