West Chatham takes second at Dixie Youth district tournament

Posted 8/2/19

NORWOOD — The West Chatham 12U All-Star team took second place recently at the District 1 Dixie Youth Tournament in Norwood.

West Chatham posted a 3-2 mark at the event, dropping two of three …

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West Chatham takes second at Dixie Youth district tournament

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NORWOOD — The West Chatham 12U All-Star team took second place recently at the District 1 Dixie Youth Tournament in Norwood.

West Chatham posted a 3-2 mark at the event, dropping two of three games to eventual champion South Stanly.

In the tournament opener, West Chatham won a thriller 8-7 over West Stanly. A four run fifth sparked the win.

Stephen Moody was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and six RBI in what was a moster game offensively that included two home runs. Brady Phillips added a 2-for-3 outing with a run and two RBI while Westin Phillips was 1-for-2, Benjamin Wilson walked twice and scored a run, and Cole Koenig walked once, stole a pair of bases, and scored a run.

Moody also picked up the win on the mound in relief for WC.

The second round wasn’t as kind to the locals as South Stanly delivered a 16-5 thumping on the West Chatham bunch. The victors trailed 4-0 after one but stormed back with nine runs in the second and never trailed again.

Amazingly enough, West Chatham outhit South Stanly 14-11 with Trevor Kirkman going 3-for-3 with two RBI, Bryson Marley and Moody 2-for-2 with a run each, Wilson 2-for-2, Brady Phillips 2-for-3 with an RBI, Preston Holder 1-for-2 with a run and a walk, West Phillips 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Clay Hill 1-for-3 with a run. Marley also had a double and a stolen base in the loss while Kirkman and Moody each stole three bases, Wilson, Weston Phillips and Brady Phillips two each, and Hill and Holder one apiece.

Brady Phillips suffered the loss on the mound for WC.

West Chatham destroyed North Stanly 17-10 in the third round, rebounding to remain alive.

Holder was the star of the show in the win, going 4-for-5 with seven RBI, a run and a homer. Hill was also 2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI with a double while Brady Phillips was 2-for-4 with two runs, Moody 1-for-1 with four runs, an RBI, three walks and a double, Koenig 1-for-1 with a run, three RBI and a double, and Jacob Asbill 1-for-1 with a run, an RBI and a walk.

Brady Phillips took the win on the mound for WC which scored 10 runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to cap off a torrid rally.

Day four action saw West Chatham face unbeaten South Stanly in the finals, needing a win to force a decisive game.

The locals came through behind the pitching of Moody and Hill who combined limit the powerful South Stanly batting attack to just two runs, both of which came in the bottom of the second.

Offensively, Holder had another big game for West Chatham with a 2-for-2 outing that included a run, two RBI and a homer. Moody also homered in going 1-for-1 with two runs, two RBI and a walk while Koenig was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Asbill and Alex Nielson both doubled for WC with Nielson scoring and driving in a run.

South Stanly would answer in day five action with an 11-7 triumph over West Chatham to take the district title.

Four runs in the first and fourth innings sparked the SS win after West Chatham had opened up a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.

Moody was 2-for-2 with a run, four RBI and a walk in the loss by WC while West Phillips was 2-for-3 with a run and a walk. Hill added four walks with a pair of runs and an RBI.

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