CLOVER -- The Chester All-Stars survived a sixth-inning uprising by host Clover to win the District Two Dixie Majors baseball tournament.
Clover's Taylor Hoover, a smooth-swinging left-handed hitter who terrorized opposing pitchers in the tournament, belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, slicing Chester's lead to a scant run.
But the visitors from Cyclone country held on for the 4-3 win.
"We had Chester a little nervous," Clover head coach Scott Moses said.
Hoover's booming bat came as no surprise to Moses, who coached the youngster in the regular season.
"Taylor carried us with his big swings," declared Moses.
Hoover also carried the Clover All-Stars in the district tournament, hammering two home runs against Lockhart.
After the game, the slick-fielding shortstop talked about his hitting style.
"I spend a lot of time at practice working on my hitting," he said.
Hoover said he hits with more power than when he played Dixie Minors baseball.
"I hit a fastball when I homered against Chester," he said. "I like to hit fastballs."
Though Clover lost to Chester 9-2 in opening-round play, Moses said the score didn't reflect how closely the game was played.
"Chester scored eight unearned runs," he noted. "It should have been close, like Friday's game."
The Clover All-Stars reached the final pairing by nudging rival York 6-5 in seven innings.
"Playing York is always exciting because of the rivalry, whether it's baseball, soccer or whatever the sport," Moses said. "York is a good team. They are well-coached."
Moses praised hurler Jake Price for going seven innings against York.
He also commended Chase Galant for a strong mound performance in Friday's narrow loss to Chester.
"We had a good group of kids," Moses said. "I'm proud of them."
Moses, who is the Clover Recreation Department's park superintendent, said the entire recreation staff devoted a lot of time to making the tournament a success.
"We had the facilities ready and banners in place for the event," he said.
Moses also was pleased with the manner in which the rec staff pitched in when rainy weather forced Tuesday's games to be canceled.
The summer showers ceased Wednesday at 7 p.m. Twenty minutes later, the rec staff was hard at work getting the field in playing condition.
Said Moses, "We started the games two hours late but got them in."
Moses said it takes less time to make the playing field playable since the field was laser-leveled two years ago.