Beaufort falls 11-1 to Summerville in Dixie Boys District 8 Tournament opener

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comJuly 1, 2014 

After the handshakes Monday, a couple of the Beaufort All-Stars lingered to quiz the fast kid on the other team with the bushy hair sticking out the back of his cap.

Summerville's Pedro Rios wowed the hometown team to open the Dixie Boys District 8 tournament at Burton Wells Park. He singled, doubled and tripled, using blazing speed to score each time he reached base.

The Beaufort All-Stars quickly found themselves in a hole in the double elimination tournament, as Summerville won 11-1 in six innings.

On the adjacent field, Hilton Head beat North Charleston 30-0 in three innings. Bluffton dropped Moncks Corner 20-2 after five innings.

Hilton Head and Bluffton will face off in the winners' bracket Tuesday at 7 p.m. Beaufort doesn't play again until Wednesday, when it will face the winner of Tuesday's game between Moncks Corner and North Charleston.

Beaufort coach Gene Robertson expects a better effort Wednesday. He said his all-stars did not play to their capability Monday.

Coaches told players after the game to remain patient at the plate and to tighten up on defense.

Summerville pitcher Alonzo Patterson pitched all six innings and had Beaufort lunging at some of his offspeed pitches after his fastball was tagged early in the game. At the plate, Summerville was able to take advantage of miscues with aggressive baserunning.

"We beat ourselves," Beaufort third baseman Terry Holmes said.

Summerville awaits Tuesday's Bluffton-Hilton Head winner. Coach Mike Little said he was thankful for a favorable draw that should allow his pitching to remain fresh throughout the tournament.

He said David Thorpe should get the start Wednesday against one of the teams that combined to score 50 runs Monday.

"That ain't going to be no easy road," Little said. "We'll give them something funky to look at on the mound. Maybe that will throw them off. If it doesn't, we'll see what happens."

Summerville was able to surprise Beaufort on the bases Monday.

Rios after the game told his opponents he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He plays travel baseball for Little, who also raves about his speed but says he could become a more disciplined hitter.

After Rios' triple in the fourth, he zoomed in to score on a pitch that didn't trickle far from the plate.

Robertson said he will return to fundamentals Tuesday during an off-day practice. Aaron Peterson, who came on the pitch the final inning Monday, should get the start Wednesday with a chance for the hometown squad to regain some momentum.

"They're a lot better group than what we showed tonight, that's for sure," Roberston said.

Follow assistant sports editor Stephen Fastenau at twitter.com/IPBG_Stephen.

Monday's results

Hilton Head 30, North Charleston 0 (three innings)

Bluffton 20, Moncks Corner 2 (five innings)

Summerville 11, Beaufort 1 (six innings)

Tuesday's schedule

At Burton Wells Park

7 p.m.: Bluffton vs. Hilton Head, Field No. 1

7 p.m.: Moncks Corner vs. North Charleston, Field No. 3

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