UNION COUNTY — They didn’t win the State Tournament but the Union County Dixie Girls SweeTees team were still winners receiving recognition for how they conducted themselves on the field before, during, and after the games.
In a statement released Friday, the Union County Dixie Girls announced that “our SweeTees (5&6 years old) coached by Mandy Ivey, Jason Ivey, Mandy Davis, and Kyle Trantham participated in the State Tournament held in Iva. This tournament included teams from Iva, Union, Boiling Springs, Aynor, and Marion.”
The press release states that “on the first day of the tournament, Union had to play Aynor first. They lost to them with a score of 17-6. With a loss they had to play again at 5:30 that same night. The second game was against Boiling Springs. They lost out of the tournament to Boiling Springs that night with a score of 10-12.”
With that, the press release states “the State Championship game came down to Aynor and Boiling Springs. Aynor had no losses going into the championship game. Boiling Springs beat them twice and will be representing South Carolina in the SweeTees World Series that will be held in Alexandria, Louisiana.”
Even though they didn’t win the State Championship, the SweeTees still walked away with an award that honors teams for the character they show on the field.
The press release states that “Union was awarded the Sportsmanship Award. They told us that the award was given to us because of the positive attitudes of our players and coaches and the prayer from Coach Jason Ivey.”
That positive attitude was on display following the team’s second loss of the tournament when, in a show of good sportsmanship, the Union County SweeTees posed for a picture with the Boiling Springs team.
The press release also states that “Union County Belles (13-15 years) coached by Tori Ruth, Chris Sanders, and Bennie Kershaw participated in the State Tournament held in Cheraw. This tournament included teams from Cheraw, Union, Florence, Latta, Jefferson, Lake Marion, Six Mile, and Goose Creek.”
It states that “on the first day of the tournament Union played against a strong Latta and lost 23-1. On Sunday, Union played Goose Creek and came out with a win in 8 innings with a score of 7-6. Union County lost out Monday to Cheraw 15-7.”
The press release states that the “Union County Angels (9&10 years) coached by Brian Cromer, Andrew Chapman, Rashad Cosom, and Ed Wages participated in the State Tournament held in Dillon. This tournament included teams from Dillon, Union, Florence, Lancaster, Georgetown, Aynor, Bluffton, and Andrews.”
It states that “Union County Angels came runner up in the tournament. Union was also awarded the Sportsmanship award in the age group by the Tournament Director. They said that Union County players and coaches played a clean and respectful game. Our coaches were respectful to all players, coaches, and officials.”