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Minor league team tests fan interest in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) -

"Where I grew up in South Carolina, even as a kid, Lexington was a big baseball town."

And according to Mark Matthews, it still is. Matthews has a son who plays with Lexington Dixie Youth Baseball. He was at the fence Friday to watch his little leaguer, number 11, play some ball.

"Youth baseball, high school baseball is big," said Matthews. "These kids just eat baseball up 24/7."

Matthews was among many parents at the Lexington County ballpark who were able to see their mini all-stars take a swing at learning some new skills. And there to teach were members of the Columbia Blowfish who hosted a free clinic and exhibition game Friday evening.

"They are very interested in how the youth progress because we are a feeder system for the three major high schools in Lexington," said James Thompson, President of the Dixie Youth League.

There is talk that the Collegiate Summer League is also interested in taking the team to Lexington after their lease ends this summer at Columbia's Capital City Stadium. A potential move parents like Matthews feel could be a home run in a community that cherishes the game.

"I really think that if Blowfish came here it would really drive those young folks coming to the game to see these players, would drive people coming to the ballpark," he said.

Lexington will host the 2014 Dixie Youth World Series. A portion of the proceeds from the clinic and the scrimmage will support the event.

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