The Clinton Minors (9-10 age group) all-star baseball team had its Monday night game in Edgefield suspended by rain, but the District 3 Dixie Youth tournament had plenty of activity.
Controversy began with a Sunday game between Starr-Iva and Saluda when the former showed up with only 10 players, and the rules require that a team have at least 12, or 11 for one game only in the case of illness or injury. In the latter instance, a replacement must be added for the rest of the tournament.
Starr-Iva’s Ozone (11-12) team, eliminated from its tournament, had two 10-year-olds playing and attempted to add them to its Minors roster for Monday’s game against Clinton. They were initially declared ineligible, but Starr-Iva protested the ruling.
Clinton was leading 3-1 in the top of the third when heavy rains hits. The game will be resumed on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The championship game will follow at 8.
The O-Zone (11-12 age group) all-star baseball team representing the Clinton Family YMCA has won two of its three games to date at the district tournament in Abbeville.
On Sunday, Clinton stayed alive with an 8-2 victory over Saluda. After a 12-2 victory over Starr-Iva in the opening game on Friday, Edgefield defeated Clinton, 16-0, on Saturday, scoring 13 runs in the first inning.
Against Saluda, Kason Copeland and Tanner Finley each collected two hits, and pitchers Finley and Lee Malone combined to strike out seven and walk only two. Saluda committed four errors and issued five walks.