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Majors drop World Series opener

The South Boston Dixie Majors all-star baseball team’s trip to the Dixie Majors World Series in North Charleston, S.C. got off to a tough start with an 11-3 loss Saturday to West Georgia, Ga.

South Boston was set to face tournament host North Charleston, S.C. yesterday afternoon at 3 p.m. in what was an elimination game for both teams.

While South Boston had its struggles as a team, one individual, William Worley, had a good outing in the World Series Home Run Derby. Worley finished in a tie for third place in the competition that had a dozen participants.

Saturday’s World Series opener was a tough one for South Boston, which staged a lackluster overall performance.

“We played awful,” remarked South Boston Coach Dave Ashwell.

“Everybody was dead. We just didn’t show up.”

West Georgia manufactured a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, and added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning to go up 3-0.

South Boston rallied in the top of the fourth inning to get back into contention, picking up a pair of runs and cutting the West Georgia lead to a run at 3-2.

Worley got a hit early in the inning to kick things off for South Boston. Joe Martin and Dylan Hendricks both drew walks to load the bases. 

Worley scored when Ryan Puryear reached base on a hit, and Martin scored on a subsequent West Georgia error on the play to make the score 3-2.

Just as quickly as South Boston got back into contention, they fell out of contention. West Georgia rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend its lead to 8-2. Three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning gave West Georgia a nine-run cushion at 11-2.

South Boston scratched up its final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning. Derek Conner reached base with a walk and moved to second base on a hit by Jacob New. 

Nick Anderson reached base on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly to the outfield by Worley scored the run for South Boston.