LIBERTY — North Charleston defeated Liberty, 7-1, in seven innings on Monday to win the 15 and under state championship.
North Charleston scored three runs in the first inning on a two-run triple by Blake Marrs and an RBI single by Josh Davis. Marrs racked up three RBIs on three hits for North Charleston.
In the second inning, North Charleston added a run on a Pedro Rios RBI single, which drove in Dylan Stewart.
North Charleston will now travel to Ozark, Alabama, for the 15U World Series.
The ECHL announced new divisional alignments for the upcoming season plus a new divisional format for the first two rounds of the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Cincinnati and Norfolk will join the South Carolina Stingrays in the South Division as part of the realignment.
In the playoffs, the first two rounds will be played within the division, with the division winner playing the fourth-place finisher and the second-place team meeting the third-place team in the semifinals. The winners of each series will meet in the division finals.
The new format allows teams a better chance of playing traditional rivals in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and to allow for more economical travel.