- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
The Halifax County Dixie Baseball Jr. Boys all-stars ran out of late-inning magic in the Dixie Jr. Boys World Series with a 12-11 loss to Georgia Monday evening, a loss that ended its run in the World Series with a 2-2 record. Halifax County won its opener 8-7 against Troup County, Georgia by scoring two runs in its last at-bat, but surrendered a 9-1 lead and lost 13-9 to Mississippi in its next game.
Halifax County scored twice in its last at-bat to edge Texas 5-4 Monday morning before losing by a single run to Georgia later that day.
It was the first World Series for each member of the team as well as for coach Eddie Woltz, and it proved to be a memorable one, according to manager Harold Carmichael.
“The boys had fun and the team received nothing but the highest praise from umpires and Dixie officials,” said Carmichael.
“We had the same set of umpires for three of our four games and they sought me out to let me know how much they enjoyed working our games.
“They said the team conducted themselves with class from the time they walked onto the field until the time they left, and that spoke volumes considering the tight games we were involved in.
“Their emotions didn’t get the best of them and they showed a lot of class. Coaches Ricky Nelson, Eddie Woltz and myself couldn’t be happier.”
Georgia 12 Halifax County 11
A back and forth contest ended with Halifax County on the losing end of a 12-11 score.
Georgia took a 2-0 lead after one inning, but Halifax County scored three runs in its next two at-bats to lead 6-2 going into the bottom of the third inning.
Georgia scored three runs in the bottom of the third to pull to within 6-5, and Halifax County scored three runs in the fourth and Georgia four to create a 9-9 tie going into the fifth inning.
Georgia tacked on two runs in the fifth to take a 11-9 lead and each team scored a run in the sixth inning before Halifax County scored a run in the top of the seventh for the final score.
Halifax County finished with a 15-14 advantage in hits over Georgia, and each team left eight runners on base for the game.
Thomas Cole and Ben Major each went 3-4 with an RBI for Halifax County, Dustin Crews and Ryan Tomlinson were each 2-4 with an RBI, Ethan Woltz (double) was 1-3 with two RBIs and Drew Link was 1-4 with two RBIs.
Tristan Howerton was 2-5 and Tripp Bennett 1-5 for Halifax County, which used three pitchers in the game.
Howerton pitched the first four inning, Bennett two-thirds of an inning and Crews one and one-thirds innings for Halifax County, with Howerton recording two strikeouts.
Halifax County pitching walked seven batters.
Halifax County 5 Texas 4
Howerton’s two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning plated Link and Adrian Moran, as Halifax County edged Center, Texas 5-4 Monday morning.
Down 4-3 coming into its last at-bat, Link reached first base on a Texas error and Moran drew a walk, before Howerton had his game winning hit.
Halifax County took a 1-0 lead after one inning, but Texas scored four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead.
Halifax County scratched back with a run in the bottom of the third and added another in the sixth to pull to within one run before winning the game in the seventh inning.
Howerton finished with a two-run double, Crews a double and an RBI, Cole with a hit and an RBI and Moran with an RBI and two runs scored.
Woltz and Link added a base hit for Halifax County, which left no base runners on the sacks.
Bennett, Tomlinson and Howerton shared time on the mound for Halifax County, with Bennett allowing three runs on one hit while striking out four and walking three in two and one-thirds innings.
Tomlinson allowed one run on three hits while striking out two batters in three and two-thirds innings and Howerton allowed no runs while striking out one batter in one inning.
Mississippi 13 Halifax County 9
Halifax County built a 9-1 lead after three innings but couldn’t hold onto the lead, with Mississippi scoring one run in the fourth and 11 in the fifth to win the game.
Crews went 3-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI for Halifax County, Bennett went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Major was 2-2 with an RBI.
Howerton was 2-3 with a double and RBI, Moran 2-4 with an RBI, and Cole and Woltz both 1-3 with an RBI apiece.
Link and Kaleb Pope each added a base hit for Halifax County, which fell behind 1-0 after one inning before scoring seven runs in the second and two in the third inning.
Each team finished with 15 hits and each left seven runners on base for the game.
Howerton started on the mound for Halifax County and pitched the first two innings, and Cole came on to pitch the next two frames.
Tomlinson hurled one-third of an inning and Crews one and two-thirds innings for Halifax County.
Howerton recorded four strikeouts and one walk, Cole three strikeouts and six walks and Tomlinson recorded one strikeout and one walk.