en Central falls to Summerville in state <p> &nbsp;After winning one game and losing one on the first day of the state playoffs last weekend in North Charleston, Central defeated Greer 7-5 on Sunday, July 13, to stay in contention for the title before falling to Summerville on Monday.</p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Sam Caldwell came in to pick up the pitching win for Central. Central scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, and two in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Greer answered in the fifth inning with five runs to knot the score 5-5.</span></p> Jefferson Ponytails finish second in state tournament <p> &nbsp;The Jefferson Ponytails saw their hopes for a state title fade last Thursday in Bluffton as they fell to Aynor 6-0 in the final game of the tournament. Jefferson won their first three games before losing to Lancaster and Aynor.</p> <p class="p1"> Sunday evening, July 13 Jefferson faced Pageland in their second game of the tournament and came away with a 21-3 victory in a four-inning game Genger Jenkins pitched the entire game and was the winning pitcher with four strikeouts, four walks, and gave up only one hit.</p> Dixie Youth majors fall to Dylan <p> &nbsp;Jefferson&rsquo;s Dixie Youth Majors (ages 11-12) lost their first game in the state tournament Saturday being played in Florence, S.C. to Dillon by a score of 7-5.</p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Lucas Deese had two hits, one RBI; Jamie Parks one hit, two RBI&rsquo;s (home run); Ron Benjamin one hit, one RBI; Jacob Jordan and Will Atkinson one hit each, and Walker Kirkley had one RBI.</span></p> Jefferson Dixie Boys still in state <p> After losing their first game to Aynor on Saturday, the Jefferson Dixie Boys downed Gaffney Sunday in a five-inning, 10-0 game at Riverview Park in N. Augusta.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Tyriq Baker was the losing pitcher in the 5-1 loss to Aynor, but received little help from the team as they were able to get only one hit in the game, which came from Bryan Eason.</span></p> Dixie Youth Major All-Stars District 5 champs <p> &nbsp;The Jefferson Dixie Youth Major All-Stars (ages 11-12) won the District 5 Championship last week winning four of their five games. Jefferson hosted the champio<span class="s1">nship series, which was played last week.</span></p> Ponytails win first round in state <p> &nbsp;The Jefferson Ponytails advanced to the second round of the state tournament being played in Bluffton by defeating Florence 3-0.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Taylor Sowell pitched the complete six-inning game, striking out nine and giving up only two base hits.</p> <p class="p1"> Jefferson had seven base hits with MacKenzie Kral leading the team with two, including a double. Sowell, Bella Johnson, Hannah Killough, Genger Jenkins, and Leah Evans each had one hit. Johnson had two RBI&rsquo;s and Jenkins had one.</p> Jefferson Dixie Boxs All-Stars win district, advance to state <p> &nbsp;For the Progressive Journal</p> <p class="p2"> Jefferson&rsquo;s Dixie Boys All-Stars defeated Kershaw National 13-11 July 8 to advance to the State Dixie Boys Tournament to be played in N. Augusta&nbsp; this weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> Quandrel Chambers was the winning pitcher and Jacob Aldridge got the save.</p> <p class="p2"> In the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, after hitting a batter to load the bases, Aldridge knocked down a ball hit back to the pitcher&rsquo;s mound, threw to first, and sealed the game and the district championship.&nbsp;</p> Opening game jitters downfall in state playoffs for Central <p> &nbsp;<b>By JERRY &lsquo;SHUG&rsquo; HAIGLER</b></p> <p class="p2"> <span class="s1">For the Progressive Journal</span></p> <p class="p3"> Lead-off man Dante Blakeney&rsquo;s home run blast over centerfield, 375 feet from home plate, was not enough to overcome shoddy defensive errors in the first game of the South Carolina Dixie Majors Tournament played in North Charleston on Saturday July 12.&nbsp;</p>