The Brunswick County All-Stars entered Wednesday's game in the 13-year-old Dixie Junior Boys State Tournament undefeated. A win over Hope Mills would give Brunswick the state title. Brunswick starter, Landon Tilley, was strong on the mound, and the Brunswick defense was strong as well. But everything Brunswick County did, Hope Mills did a little bit better; whether it was throwing out runners at second or scoring runs. Sean Hewett managed to pull Brunswick County within one run in the third inning to make the score 2-1, but an insurance run from Hope Mills in the fourth inning later proved to be the final run of the day. Hope Mills won 3-1. The squads square off again Thursday morning. The winner advances to the Dixie Junior Boys World Series in Alabama. "We couldn't get our bats going,” said Brunswick head coach L.C. Pigott. “It was just a close ball game and we came out a little flat today. We're fortunate to be in the position we're in - first, to able to represent Brunswick County and second, to be able to represent the state of NC." The 14-year-old Dixie Boys State Tournament featured two teams from the Cape Fear region. It was the Brunswick All-Stars versus the Columbus County All-Stars. Brunswick controlled the game from the get go. They managed to get out of jams, and rundowns. Brunswick got the shutout win 6-0. If Brunswick wins again Thursday morning, they will be the Dixie Boys State Champs. For Columbus to win the title, they have to win twice. Thursday's games are at Smithfield Park in Southport, at 10 and 11 a.m.
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