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 on Monday.
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 the next batter, Richard Hebert, 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.
Despite being down, 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.
Georgia 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.
In other action on Sunday evening, Louisiana took advantage of a nine-run fourth inning to defeat Texas 11-7.
The Tennessee All Stars bats were as hot as the weather on Sunday at the Dixie Boys World Series at City Pond.
Kasey Hurley took the mound to start the game between Tennessee and the Arkansas All Stars that ended with Tennessee run-ruling Arkansas, 19-7.
Tennessee went right to work taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning with Drew Griswell sending a shot that cleared the center field fence.
Hurley dominated on the mound for Tennessee, striking out a total of six Arkansas batters, and, also, contributed at the plate getting a home run, two singles and a double.
"I was excited to be able to contribute at the plate and on the mound to get this victory," Hurley said. "My curve and my fast ball was working real good for me, but they killed my slider."
The loss will put Arkansas on the bus heading home.
South Carolina 14
South Carolina struggled in the opening innings against Mississippi, but managed to come alive to win 14-6.
South Carolina 8
The third day of the Dixie Boys World Series was an extenuation of the vehement competition of little league baseball.
The game was a repeat match up between the South Carolina All Stars and the Virginia All Stars, who played for all the marbles in the 2007 championship game, a game in which South Carolina came out on top.
The contest took place on field two, which provided a glorious backdrop of the sun glistening off City Pond on Monday with the boys from the Palmetto state outlasting the Old Dominion State boys 8-5.
South Carolina came into the World Series as the favorite with the same team that won it all in 2007.
Virginia started off with a bang when Tyler Long sent a fast ball deep to center field to sleep with the fishes and gave Virginia a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Carolina threatened in their half of the inning putting runners on the corners, but Blake Graham was nailed at the plate on a heads-up play by second baseman Will Nichols to end the inning.
Virginia could not get anything going in the top half of the second inning of play. South Carolina pitcher Tyler Smith took control from the mound.
Behind by one run in the bottom of the inning, South Carolina put runners in scoring position to set up a 4-3 sacrifice RBI off the bat of Gibson Klapthor to tie the game at one-all.
The boys from the Palmetto state scored two more times off sacrifice hits to take a 3-1 lead going into the third inning of play.
Smith continued to keep Virginia batters off balance, holding them scoreless in the third.
Carolina broke out in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs off four hits. The back breaker came off the bat of Phillip Wilke with the bases loaded when he slapped a pitch deep to left center for a 3 run stand up triple to give Carolina a 7-1 lead over the boys from the Old Dominion State.
Virginia came up to bat in the fourth, threatening to get back in the game, scoring a run on a throwing error by the second baseman before L.J. Barnett hit a two-run shot over the left field fence to close the gap to make it a 7-5 Carolina game.
Carolina picked up another run in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring double off the bat of Smith, giving South Carolina an 8-5 lead they would hold to the end for the victory.
"That is a really good Virginia team," said South Carolina coach Bill Delavan. "We swung the bat well today against a very good team."
Tennessee faced a tough Alabama team and found the going a lot tougher than their previous win over Arkansas, falling in defeat 7-6.
Alabama sealed the victory in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run round tripper off the bat of Jake Folmar.
"I caught a hanging curve ball and I kept my hands back," Folmar said. "It felt really good because I had been in a slump."
Both teams played well making the contest a very good ball game. There weren't a lot of errors, just good solid baseball on offense and defense.
"We got some very timely hits to win this one," said Alabama coach Allen Deese. "They played us tough and hit the ball really well."
On Monday night, two of the remaining undefeated teams in the Dixie Boys World Series tournament met on the diamond.
Both the Louisiana and Florida teams looked to hold on to their perfect record as the winning team would move on to face the undefeated team Georgia Tuesday night.
Early on the game appeared to be a pitching duel between Louisiana's Nick Letendre and Florida's J.T. Simpson.
Appearing to get the better of the two, Simpson pitched an amazing six and two-thirds innings, allowing only one run on four hits.
On the other side of the diamond, the All Stars from Springfield, Fla. got off to an early lead after Julian Perez hit a double to score Louis Colaiacomo in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the second inning, Louisiana struck back off the bat of Austin Ginn, who capitalized off one of the few mistakes Simpson would throw.
Going down for a low fastball, Ginn sent the second pitch over the centerfield wall to tie the game 1-1.
Again in the third inning, Florida added to the score after Simpson's squeeze bunt plated Perez.
Following it up with an RBI single from David Woop that scored Ian Townsend, the Florida team took a 3-1 lead.
Adding one more run in the fifth inning, after a throwing error that allowed Perez to score, Florida gave their ace just enough room to work with.
Allowing only one hit after the second inning home run, Simpson gave his team every opportunity to win.
Reaching his pitch count of 95 with only one out remaining, Florida's skipper Mike Sollarzo was forced to make the pitching change.
Bringing on relief pitcher Jon Gaffney to close out the game, the hopes and dreams remained in the one out left for the Louisiana All Stars.
Refusing to surrender, the Louisiana team put together a nine run inning to give them a 10-4 advantage.
Receiving four base-on-balls, two singles, a double and a home run, the Louisiana All-Stars ran through three Florida pitchers before a fly ball ended the inning.
"We were confident we could come back the whole time," said Louisiana manager Chris Letendre. "We have a lot of good bats they just hadn't come alive. We knew we were never out of it."
Still in need of three outs, the Louisiana team took to the field in search of a victory.
Finding his groove on the mound, starting pitcher Letendre looked set to finish what he started.
Allowing only one hit in the seventh inning, Letendre got a ground out to shortstop and two pop ups to end the game.
Winning the game 10-4, the Louisiana team got a much deserved confidence boost before their match up with Georgia.
"It was a huge win for our team," Letendre said. "We got the lead and I knew we could hold them off. We only survived tonight, because the 12 guys on this team played with all their hearts and they all contributed to the win."