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07/27/07

Hometown Hero--Beaufort Baseball Team

The Beaufort National team  were honored with the Sportsmanship award. The Beaufort National team were honored with the Sportsmanship award.

A baseball team in Beaufort may not be the State Baseball Champions, but how they acted on the field has made them all Hometown Heroes.

It was a night full of hopes and dreams as the Beaufort National team took the field under the stars and bright lights to take on Union. At stake was the Dixie Boys Baseball State championship.

"It was kind of nerve racking to know that you're one game away from the World Series, but also if you lose, you are one game away from going home," said player Ben Barnes.

"I could imagine us going to the World Series and picture what it would be like," said player Caleb Mixon.

Just getting to this game was quite an accomplishment. They lost the first game of the state tournament, but kept playing hard and worked their way through the losers bracket into the title game.

"We stuck it out, we knew we lost the first game before," said Marshall Mahan. "We fought back and we knew we could do it."

Despite a lot of enthusiasm on and off the field, Beaufort got behind early in the game.

"I really thought we were going to have a good night," said coach Charles Brown. "We made some mistakes early on, got down and we probably faced the best pitcher in this tournament."

"It was disappointing, very disappointing tonight, but I'm glad we got this far," said Marshall Mahan.

"We're glad we could get this far and proud of ourselves," said Caleb.

The sportsmanship these boys exemplified though out the tournament didn't go unnoticed and they were honored with the Sportsmanship award.

"They always took what was given to them, they made the best of it, they conducted themselves like gentlemen on and off the field," said Dixie Boys Baseball assistant state director Ronnie Gandy.

That's why the Beaufort National team is this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com 

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