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Line Drive takes opener at prestigious wood bat tourney
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Effingham County High School’s Justin Wilson is one of several Effingham players taking part in the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Tournament with Line Drive out of Pooler. The tournament, hosted by East Cobb Baseball, has more than 180 teams from Puerto Rico to California taking part. - photo by File photo

Line Drive, with several Effingham County baseball players, is taking part in the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Tournament at the East Cobb Baseball Complex near Marietta.

Nolan Belcher, the Greenbrier High ace and University of South Carolina signee, threw a two-hitter as Line Drive beat the Richmond (Va.) National Braves 2-1 at Southern Poly State University. Belcher struck out 14 and walked one. Jacob Dalfonso of Woodstock High and a Middle Georgia College signee had a leadoff triple in the third inning and scored on fellow Middle Georgia signee Jonathan Hester’s sacrifice fly.

South Effingham grad Colby May, bound for College World Series runner-up Georgia, had a run-scoring groundout in the fifth inning.

Line Drive (1-0) continued its five-game pool play Wednesday night against the Florida Legends of Tallahassee. They will play the First Coast (Fla.) Pirates today at Atlanta’s Weber School at 2 p.m. They will play the Michigan Dodgers at Walton High School on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Pool play concludes Saturday at the East Cobb Complex against the Puerto Rico Giants. Single-elimination play begins Sunday.

Effingham-based players on the team are Dylan Scott, Zach Dotson, Justin Wilson, Colby May, Stephen Vaughn, Kyle Jones, Jordan Hill and Nate Sisolak. The head coach is Tommy Gibbs and the assistants are Stacy Bennett and Billy Hill, who is also from Effingham.

Other Coastal Empire players on the Line Drive roster are: Hester; Scott Strickland (Richmond Hill); Chris Arnold, Aaron Hoffer and Skylar Hoffer (Liberty County).

The Savannah Chain, with Justin Campbell and Chris Zittrouer on the roster, is also in the field at the tournament. They lost their opener 3-1 to the East Cobb Saints on Tuesday.