AIKEN -- The two Hilton Head teams that made their way to Aiken split their games in the Dixie Boys and Junior Boys State Tournament at Citizens Park on Saturday.
Up first was the 14-year-old team, which fell 12-2 against Sumter in the opening round of the Dixie Boys bracket.
Hilton Head struck first on an RBI double by Tad Zmarzly in the first inning, but despite Zmarzly's best efforts, Sumter was able to secure the comfortable victory. This Sumter team won the 13-year-old division a year ago, so head coach Bill Shaw was glad his team played such a tough opponent first.
"It is everything," he said. "We needed to see the best, and now we can gauge ourselves accordingly."
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Shaw also said he was "honored to represent Hilton Head," and his team will play Pineview at 1 p.m. today in an elimination game.
The 13-year-olds, which had Boyse Koebler on the mound to start things off, collected an 11-4 win over Aynor and will play host Aiken tonight at 7 p.m. in the winners bracket.
The Beaufort team fell 13-0 to Sumter and faces Rock Hill in an elimination game on Sunday.
Junior Boys (13-year-olds)
Beaufort vs. Rock Hill, Field 6 (elimination)
Lancaster vs. North Augusta, Field 7 (elimination)
Aynor vs. Midland Valley, Field 6 (elimination)
Sumter vs. McLeod Park, Field 7 (winners)
Westminster vs. Lexington, Field 6 (winners)
HIlton Head vs. Aiken, Field 7 (winners)
HIlton Head vs. Pineview, Field 8 (elimination)
Walhalla vs. Midland Valley, Field 9 (elimination)
Barnwell vs. Starr-Iva, Field 8 (elimination)
Sumter vs. McLeod Park, Field 9 (winners)
Lancaster vs. Lexington, Field 8 (winners)
Aynor vs. Aiken, Field 9 (winners)