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CLARKTON – The North Carolina Dixie Youth Majors Division 2 state tournament will be played at the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Complex beginning Saturday.

Photos by Ray Jones

Opening ceremonies were held Friday with an Around-the-Horn competition followed by the introduction of players and coaches from the 12 competing teams.

Admission to the tournament will be $6 for ages 13 and over. Ages 12 and under will be admitted free.

Photos by Ray Jones

Here are Saturday’s first-round pairings in the double elimination tournament:

10:30 a.m.: Burgaw vs. Waccamaw and Red Springs vs. Lockwood Folly

12:30 p.m.: Shalotte vs. Southwest

1 p.m.: Southport-Oak Island vs. Dixon

2:30 p.m.: Dunn vs. Town Creek

3 p.m.: Bessemer City vs. North Duplin

Six more games are scheduled Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.. There are four games set Monday, three on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. The championshp game is scheduled Thursday and, if necessary, a game will be played Friday.