Balls Creek Optimist Park was host to the Dixie Youth Softball tournament on June 14-17, as five age divisions competed for the District 2 championship. The Boger City 8U Girls All Stars won the 8 and under age group and now advance to the state championship series held in Lillington on July 12-17. Boger City swept the double-elimination tournament which included 92 runs scored versus eight runs allowed. Their path to the title consisted of Kings Mountain, West Lincoln, Cherryville, Burke County and Cherryville again in the championship game. Pictured are (front, from left) Ellie Huss, Maggie Price, Lilly Stump, Emily Newell, Madison Sipe, Erin Homesley and (middle, from left) Slyvia Burroughs, Alanie O’Shields, Emma Goodson, Ashley Antonio, Sydney Hudson, Tessa Hunt and (back, from left) coach J.R. Burroughs, coach Stephen Sipe, coach Shane Huss and coach Shane Hudson.