Wednesday’s second editorial offers our encouragement to two
groups of young sluggers.
Local fans of our national pastime
have had plenty to cheer about this summer.
First, Coastal Carolina
excellent host during the super regional games that lead to the College World
Series before thousands of spectators. Although the Chanticleers were unable to
advance, they still offered two excellent baseball games and ended a terrific
2010 season against a worthy foe.
That foe, of course, was the University of South Carolina, and we suspect most hard
feelings melted away as the Gamecocks fought their way through the College
World Series. By the time they defeated UCLA for the championship - the team’s
first ever - celebrations began breaking out all over the state.
Perhaps these victories were
inspiring, because two local teams of youngsters are heading on the road to
bring back a few more major titles. Last week, the Carolina Forest All-Stars
11- and 12-year-old Little League team had a convincing win over Greenwood
Abbeville to secure the South Carolina state championship, followed the next
day by the Surfside Beach Junior Dixie Boys 13-under All-Stars resounding
defeat of Beaufort to win their state tournament.
Beach advances to the Junior Dixie
Boys World Series July 31, while Carolina
Forest goes to its Southeast Regional
in Warner Robbins, Ga.
on Aug. 7. We’ll be rooting for the young athletes on both teams, and it sounds
like South Carolina
college baseball has plenty of good years ahead of it.