When asked what he expected of competition at the Dixie Youth O-Zone state tournament, Rome Wallace did not hesitate.
"A challenge," said the Beaufort East player.
Beaufort East, which defeated Hilton Head earlier this month to claim the District 8 title, will travel to Sumter this weekend to try for a state crown. The team opens with Greenwood at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The tournament concludes July 28, with the winner advancing to the Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series, held in Madison Heights, Va.
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DIXIE YOUTH O-ZONE STATE TOURNAMENT
What: 12 teams of 11- and 12-year-olds compete for the right to go to the Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series
First game: Beaufort East vs. Greenwood, 10 a.m. Saturday
Beaufort East roster: Brice Adkins, Matthew Cieplowski, John Ryan Goneke, Clayton Ruff, Wyatt Sherpensky, Hartley Smith, Kyle Stavac, Patrick Talbert, Landon Thorpe, Rome Wallace, Jackson Warren, Cooper Woods, coach Dean Adkins, coach Tim Cieplowski, coach Robert Gecy