Local Baseball Teams Wins State Championship
Fairfield County Parks and Recreation had three different teams play for a state championship in the South Carolina Recreational Baseball Initiative in Aiken. Both the 8U and 12U All Stars won for the second straight year and the 10U finished runner-up. “What an amazing weekend,” Director Russell Price stated. “It’s great being a part of Fairfield County and it's great seeing these coaches, players, and parents come together in such a positive way.” The 8U All Stars won their first four games by a total of six runs before breezing through the championship game, 14-3 over Mt. Pleasant. Head Coach Tro Hazen was proud of his team’s determination. “To see the players come together and not give up was one of my proudest moments,” coach Hazen stated. “They battled and fought through and never stopped supporting each other. They played with the heart of a champion.” The 10U All Stars came up just short of winning the state championship when they lost in the finals to Aiken Red, 4-0. Their overall record in the state tournament was 5-1, which was a vast improvement from last year’s s when they finished 0-3. Despite the unwelcomed outcome, head coach Larry Perry emphasized his optimism with his team’s overall performance.“It was a great ride and I’m proud of these guys for the improvements they made on and off the field,” Perry said. “They’re a great group and should hold their heads high for achieving what they have. I’m excited to watch them continue to grow and move on to the next level.” The 12U All Stars didn’t lose a game on their way to back to back championships as they finished the tournament 6-0 and outscoring opponents by a total of 77-24. “They (Aiken Red) were a good team, but our pitching and bats got us through it,” Head Coach Chuck Raley said after the game. Congrautlations to all teams!