The Beaufort County All-Stars made good use of the home-field advantage, capitalizing on their host bid and claiming the Dixie Boys World Series title Aug. 9 at Bluffton’s Oscar Frazier Park.
The team — made up of players from Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island — went 5-1 in the tournament, beating state championship teams from Virginia, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on their way to the top spot.
Beaufort County routed its first two opponents, smashing three home runs behind Cooper George’s 14-strikeout no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Virginia and blasting Texas 19-7. The host team slipped up in its third game, as an 11-run inning propelled Mississippi to a 14-2 win, but the local all-stars came back to win three straight games over the next two days.
Rakim White hit two home runs in a 17-10 victory over Louisiana to propel Beaufort County into the championship round, where the team defeated Mississippi twice — 14-4 and 11-8 — to claim the crown.
“We definitely shocked a lot of people,” Beaufort County shortstop Harrison Green said.