The season came to an abrupt end for the Newton American All Stars (Team Georgia) Wednesday night during the 2007 Dixie Youth Majors World Series in Madison Heights, Va.
On Wednesday, the local all stars were matched up against the team representing Tennessee. However, Georgia lost in a close game, 4-3. As a result, it was eliminated from the championship series.
Out of 1,100 teams that began district play, Georgia placed seventh overall, giving the local team nothing to be ashamed of at all.
"We're pretty disappointed," said Georgia head coach Sonny Jones on Thursday afternoon during his trip back to Newton County. "They played as hard as they could play, but it was a tough game; Tennessee has a good team."
Overall, the opposing hurlers from Tennessee combined for 13 strikeouts, holding Georgia to just five hits.
"That's pretty unusual for our team," said Jones regarding the number of times his team fanned. "But that just tells you what kind of pitching Tennessee had."
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning and trailing by one run, Georgia was unable to score, thus ending the game.
"They (are) a real good group of boys," praised Jones. "They've busted their tails all year to get where they were at. You know, baseball is a funny game - the best teams don't always win in baseball. If we could have gotten a couple breaks against Tennessee (then) we would have probably won that ball game."
According to Jones, Georgia committed more errors in the World Series than it had during the state tournament. In fact, both errors against Tennessee led to three runs.
"You can expect that to happen because they (are) 12-year-old kids," said Jones. "I'm sure they were a little nervous and stuff like that."
Despite the shaky defense, Georgia set several records during the state tournament last month on its way to capturing the title.
One such record was most consecutive innings played (22) without allowing a run. Defensively, Georgia only committed four errors in five games played.
After winning its first game of the World Series on Monday against the team from Searcy, Ark., 7-1, Georgia dropped the next two games.
On Tuesday, the first loss came against the squad from Alabama, in which Georgia lost, 9-2.
Led by Jones and assistant coaches Scott Walker and Bobby Wheeler, members of Team Georgia include Cameron Boyd, Sherman Graves, Tray Hill, Jacob Jones, Tyler Manning, Cody Marlowe, Austin McCullough, Devin McDonald, Antonius Sims, Alex Smith, Cody Walker and Dalton Wheeler.