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DIXIE BOYS UPDATE: Three teams headed to final day
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Before a crowd of stunned team Georgia fans and elated Florida fans, after a 14-6 Sunshine state victory, Florida coach Mike Sollazzo and South Carolina coach Bill DeLavan drew two pieces of paper out of a Dixie Boys World Series baseball cap.

            DeLavan turned to his fans and said, "We've got the bye," and the South Carolina contingent began to celebrate, thinking their team secured the automatic spot in the championship game today.

            Less than a minute later, Sollazo turned to his fans and said, "No we've got the bye." In disbelief and confusion, the Florida fan section erupted in cheers.

            After an inspection by series officials, Florida did indeed draw the bye and will be in today's championship game at 8 p.m. - turns out a piece of paper that was not completely unfolded was to blame for the error.

            Who will Florida play?

            That depends on the outcome of the Georgia and South Carolina game at 5 p.m. today.


Florida 14

Georgia 6

            A huge offensive effort, an effort that included a seven-run sixth inning, propelled the Florida All Stars to a 14-6 victory over team Georgia, which was previously unbeaten in Dixie Boys World Series play.

            With Georgia leading 4-1 in the top of the third, Florida began its hot streak.

           Ian Townsend sent Florida's second run of the game home on an RBI ground out, scoring Thomas Tambasco, who took base on balls to begin the inning.

            J.T. Simpson kept the runs coming in with an RBI single that plated Louis Calaiacomo, who recorded a single in the second at bat.

            Florida's David Woop then took first after being hit by a Heath Durand pitch. Mike Kodetsky finished out the scoring for the inning with an RBI double that scored Simpson.

            The Sunshine state boys continued to add runs in the fourth inning. A Julian Perez double plated Joey Asquith and Tambasco to extend the Florida lead to 6-4.

            Tambasco recorded an RBI triple in the top of the fifth to up the total to seven Florida runs.

            In the sixth inning, the Florida All Stars translated seven hits into seven runs to solidify their win, and ultimately their place in the championship game.

            Townsend began the scoring tirade with a triple that sent Perez home. Townsend then crossed home plate to score the ninth Florida run on an RBI double from Simpson.

            The next two Springhill, Fla. batters were walked before Calaiacomo sent one of them home with a double.

            Two batters later, Townsend sent Calaiacomo and Perez to home plate to make it a 13-6 Florida game. Townsend accounted for the final run of the game on a Simpson double.

            Team Georgia took its only lead of the game following a two-run home run off the bat of Mitchell Borror in the bottom of the second. The homer gave Georgia a 2-1 lead.

            Michael Taylor scored two more runs with a single that plated Aaron Jones and Brexton Hughes.

            Georgia recorded another run in the bottom of the fifth and one last run in the bottom of the sixth.

            Five different pitchers saw time on the mound for Georgia in the loss.


South Carolina 7

Louisiana 3


            Louisiana struck first but South Carolina struck more often as the defending champions downed the Ruston All Stars 7-3 on Wednesday.

            With Louisiana up 2-1 in bottom of the fifth, South Carolina began its offensive attack. An attack aided by a three-run bomb off the bat of Jack Barnes. The homer plated Blake Graham and Tyler Smith. The Sumter All Stars then led 4-2.

            A lead they extended to 7-3 in bottom of the sixth. South Carolina began the sixth with a solo home run from Gibson Klapthor. Another homer, this time a two-run shot, from Graham rounded out scoring for the Sumter team and gave the team its spot in the final three.

            For Louisiana, an RBI single from Dylan Spearman put Ruston on the board first. The second Louisiana run came in the top of the fifth on a bases loaded single from Nick Letendre to plate Eric Goree.

            The final run for the Ruston All Stars came in the top of the sixth after Haden Wall was sent home on a pitching error from South Carolina's Smith.