In dominating fashion, North Charleston defeated Summerville, 10-0, in five innings, to capture the 2014 Dixie Majors (17-19) state championship at Collins Park on Tuesday night.
The state title is the 13th for North Charleston since 1999 and sends North Charleston to the Dixie Majors World Series in Ozark, Ala., on July 26. North Charleston won World Series titles in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
"We're glad to be going back and if we play the way we played this week, we have a shot," said North Charleston coach Kenny Wilkinson. "Lot of good teams there though. You really can't have a bad inning. We'll have to be consistent in everything that we do."
After playing scoreless ball through two innings on Tuesday, North Charleston exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the third. North Charleston pounded out six hits and took advantage of two errors in the big inning, all off Summerville starter J.D. Waite.
Center fielder Chris Singleton and starting pitcher Eddie Hiott each had two-run singles for North Charleston in the inning. Mike Punteney, Jason Miller and Cody Smith also had run-scoring singles.
Hiott earned the victory on the mound, allowing two hits in five innings. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
"We pitched really well this week," said Wilkinson. "Pitchers were the MVPs in four of our five wins, so we did well. We threw strikes and when you throw strikes, you give your team a chance to win."
North Charleston went 5-0 in the tournament, outscoring the opposition, 46-6.
"We had a few close games but we were able to break the game open late, so it wasn't always as easy as it might have looked," said Wilkinson. "We played well tonight. We really swung the bats well the last few nights, which was good to see."
North Charleston posted two victories over Summerville, two over Chapin, and a win over Pelion.
Summerville reached the finals with a win over Central of Pageland on Monday night.
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