Spring break is a busy week for baseball teams in York County.
Each spring since the event began eight years ago, the Wheels baseball tournament has brought in high school teams from South Carolina and sprinkled in outside teams to make the event competitive and exciting.
More of the same is expected when this year’s Wheels kicks off Thursday with three games at each of four locations. The host teams are Northwestern, Rock Hill, South Pointe and York.
Four teams will compete Thursday and Friday at the same location in the field of 16. Games begin at 1 p.m. the first two days.
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At the conclusion of Friday night’s games, tournament officials will draw up the pairings for the Saturday’s games, with the semifinals scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and run through the title game.
Representing South Carolina are: Chapman, Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Midland Valley, Northwestern, Rock Hill, South Pointe and York.
The out-of-state teams are: Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.), Covenant Day School (Matthews, N.C.), Faith Baptist Christian School (Brandon, Fla.), Hidden Valley (Roanoke, Va.), Rocky River (Mint Hill, N.C.), South Fayette (McDonald, Pa.) and Waynesville (Waynesville, Ohio).
The tournament was started to honor the memory of Larry ‘Wheels’ Hinson, who was active in all phases of youth sports. He loved helping kids find and develop their talents. Hinson cherished his relationship with close friends from childhood to adulthood. He was constantly heard to challenge friends with his famous words: “Who Loves You?”
The Larry Hinson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006. At first, the scholarship fund was divided amongst senior baseball players from Northwestern, Rock Hill, and South Pointe. Last year, a baseball player from York was added to the scholarship.
The 2011 winners were: Cole Hancock (Rock Hill), Stewart Hunt (Northwestern), Cody Cushman (York), and Nick Caldwell (South Pointe).
Hinson is survived by his son, Ryan Hinson, whom Larry devoted his life as a father, coach, mentor, and best friend.