Team Georgia took advantage of early hits to ride out an Alabama rally for an 11-5 win on Sunday in the Dixie Boys World Series.
With the win, Georgia not only stayed alive in the winner's bracket, the team got the coveted bye for today.
Despite playing until nearly midnight Saturday, the all stars from Alabama and Georgia were ready to go Sunday.
The Georgia All Stars struck first in the bottom of the third inning with a three-run homer off the bat of Michael Taylor. Taylor's hit scored Aaron Jones and Austin Crown.
Gerogia doubled its run total in the bottom of the next inning on four hits. The frame began with singles from Heath Durand and Mitch Borror, which were followed by a sacrifice fly from Jones that scored Durand to give Georgia a 4-0 lead. After Richard Hebert, the next batter, took first base on balls, Tyler Moore hit a single to plate Borror.
Crown scored the final run of the inning off a double to give team Georgia a 6-0 lead.
Alabama did not roll over. The All Stars from Auburn notched five runs in the top of the fifth to get back in the game.
The rally started with Landon Sessions three-run home run, which sent Chase Edwards and Kyler Deese across home plate.
The Alabama bats continued to ring with singles from Tracy Brooks, Mitchell Roland and Jack Folmar.
A two-out double from Brandon Key plated the final two runs for Alabama to cut the Georgia lead to 6-5.
Gerogia recorded another run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 7-5 ball game, and then notched an additional four runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal the victory.
In the sixth, Crown batted in a run off a double before Alabama changed pitchers. Crown was followed by Price, who plated two more runs with a triple. The last run came on a Spencer Duffie sac fly.
"This is a good group of kids," said Georgia coach Chris Price. "This is the best team I've coached. We all play as a group. We don't have a stud pitcher, but we have good defense and that's all you need to win games."
Alabama will take on Tennessee at 5 p.m., while Georgia awaits the winner of the Florida versus Louisiana game at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. In other action on Sunday evening, Louisiana took advantage of a nine-run fourth inning to defeat Texas 11-7. The Louisiana All Stars take on Florida at 8 p.m. today, and Texas is set to face North Carolina at 8 p.m.