Chris Singleton figures he got a little help from his mother Wednesday afternoon.
Singleton hit a key double and then threw a runner out at the plate to end the game and preserve a 3-2 victory as North Charleston defeated Arkansas in the Dixie Majors World Series championship game in Ozark, Ala.
The North Charleston Dixie Pre-Majors team defeated Louisiana, 13-1, to capture their own World Series title in Guntersville, Ala.
Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of the nine people killed last month at the Emanuel AME Church. Coleman-Singleton, 45, was a minister at Emanuel AME, as well as a speech pathologist and girls track coach at Goose Creek High School.
Singleton said his arm had been a little tender all week during the tournament, but he didn’t feel any pain when the made the throw from center field that ended the game and gave the North Charleston team its second straight World Series championship.
“I gotta believe she was up there watching me, looking out for me,” Singleton said.
“My arm was a little sore all week, but I didn’t even notice it when the ball left my hand. I think she’s got a big smile on her face tonight.”
This was the fifth World Series title for the North Charleston Dixie Majors. North Charleston captured titles in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2015.
“We’ve been very blessed to have some great players come through our program,” said North Charleston coach Kenny Wilkinson said. “It’s not just a great day for the Major and Pre-Majors, but for our entire program. Obviously, we’re really excited to win, but to have two teams win a championship on the same day is an incredible feeling. It shows that all the hard work has really paid off for everyone – the players, coaches and parents.”
Cody Smith, a freshman at Charleston Southern, threw a complete game for the North Charleston pick up the victory.
“Cody was able to spot his fastball all game and he was able to keep the hitters off balance with his curveball,” Wilkinson said. “He threw the ball really well and didn’t have too many issues until the last inning.”
Meanwhile, the North Charleston Pre-Majors avenged an earlier loss to Louisiana by cruising to a 13-1 victory in the championship game.
Grant Sullens tossed a two-hitter in the title game, after the squad dropped a 3-1 decision earlier in the day to Louisiana.
North Charleston put the championship game away early, with two runs in the first on an RBI double by Aaron Miller and an RBI single by Sam Blanton. After North Charleston scored again on a run by Ethan Struthers in the fourth inning, Miller doubled to score Jonah Horton and Jackson White.
North Charleston scored five runs in the sixth ton a walk by Struthers, an error, a groundout by Miller and a two-run single by Kyle Davis.
Sullens took care of the rest, allowing just one run and two walks while striking out five over six innings. In the opener, North Charleston scored its only run on a passed ball.