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Halfway finish second in state

July 31, 2002|by JACK HILL III

DaVonta DeShields threw a no-hitter Tuesday night as South Caroline defeated Halfway 7-1 in the championship game of the state 9- & 10-year-old Little League tournament at American Little League.

South Caroline went 3-0 during the double-elimination tournament. Halfway went 2-2.

"I am very proud of these boys," Halfway manager Scott Herbert said. "The team that beat us was a championship team. If you can no-hit this team, then you are an impressive pitcher."

Even though he walked eight batters, DeShields gave up only one run. He struck out seven batters in six innings.

"I pitched last year, and we didn't make it all the way," DeShields said. "I'm glad that we made it to the states this year and won the title."

DeShields won both of the games that he pitched in the tournament, giving up two runs on two hits and striking out 21 batters in 12 innings. DeShields also had five hits in seven at-bats for a .714 batting average.


South Caroline catcher Brady Hare had three hits and two RBI Tuesday night. He batted .636 (7-for-11) during the tournament.

"We felt that Halfway was the toughest hitting team that we have seen," South Caroline manager Curtis Payne said. "We were fortunate that our pitchers had good games against them. These kids have played well through adversity. We were losing to Kent Island 10-1 in the third inning during our district semifinal game. We came back to win the game 11-10. It shows that we were not going to stop and that we were going to continue to try."

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