By Sonny Jones
The Bladen County League Majors team gave a gritty effort in the Dixie Youth Baseball Division 2 World Series this week in Anderson, South Carolina.
Now, it’s time for three Division 1 World Series to take center stage at Lumberton’s Raymond B. Pennington Athletic Complex. The fields won’t have a Bladen team, but there will be an area flavor. Lumberton, as host, will complete in the Majors, AAA (Minors) and O Zone tournaments, West Robeson and Whiteville will have teams in the Majors tournament and Hope Mills will compete in the O Zone tournament. Leland will play in the AAA tournament.
In the Majors tournament, state runners-up Whiteville is matched against Headland, Alabama on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Field 1. Host Lumberton will play the Louisiana runners-up at 7:45 p.m. on Field 5. State champion West Robeson drew a first-round bye and will play Sunday at 5:30 p.m. against the winner between Louisiana and the Virginia runners-up on Field 5.
In the O Zone tournament, host Lumberton will play Texas at 3:15 p.m. Saturday on Field 3. State champion Hope Mills will play Georgia at 5:30 p.m. on Field 4.
In the AAA tournament, state champion Leland will play Tennessee on Field 5 at 1 p.m. Saturday and host Lumberton will play Alabama on Field 5 at 3:15 p.m.
The tournament’s opening ceremony is scheduled today (Friday) at 7 p.m. at Lumberton High School’s football stadium. Along with skills competitions, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team is expected to land on the field. Former UNC Pembroke athletics director and basketball coach Dan Kenney is scheduled to deliver the keynote address.
Let’s play some more baseball!
• Amelia, Virginia won the Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Division 2 World Series on Wednesday, beating Lunenburg, Virginia 10-5. Amelia scored 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning for a 10-1 lead. Bladen County lost to both Virginia teams and reached the tournament semifinals.
• Did you see where the Los Angeles Angels hit a home run in seven separate innings Thursday afternoon? Did you also see where the Oakland Athletics won the game 8-7? Yep, seven solo home runs and it wasn’t enough.
FRIDAY’S PICK TO CLICK
John Huh won’t better his career-low 61 shot in Thursday’s opening round of Wyndham Championship, but low scores are the norm in Greensboro and a 64 in Friday’s second round will put him in great position for the weekend.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
• PGA: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, 2 p.m., GOLF
• MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 p.m., MLBN
• NWSL: North Carolina Courage at Portland Thorn, 10:30 p.m., CBSSN
• WNBA: Washington Mystics at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m., NBATV
Sonny Jones can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.