Georgia wins two close ones
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
It was déjà vu.
After beating South Carolina 3-2 on Saturday in the opening game of the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10-year-old World Series in Ruston, La., the Georgia all-stars eased past Tennessee by the same 3-2 score on Sunday.
Georgia (Troup County) improved to 2-0 in the 12-team World Series, and it played a winner’s bracket game against Florida on Monday night.
Regardless of the outcome of that game, Georgia will play again on Tuesday.
“We’re 2-0, which is great,” Georgia coach Jason Willis said after a session in the batter’s box on Monday afternoon. “We still haven’t hit, but we’re winning. That’s a good problem to have. Our pitching and defense has been great.”
In Saturday’s win, Chase Mosley was the starting pitcher, and he threw 3 2/3 innings.
“He battled his guts out,” Willis said.
Torreion Delaney closed the game out on the mound with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Mosley and Woods Carter had RBI hits for Georgia, and Brady Willis scored on a passed ball.
On Sunday, it was Kaleb Woodson getting the start, and he pitched 4 2/3 innings.
Delaney was once again called upon to finish the game, and he went the rest of the way.
Woodson had two hits for Georgia, including a two-run double in the first inning.
Woods Carter drove in another run on a fielder’s choice.
“The pitching and defense has been the key,” Willis said. “Throw strikes and make the routine plays, you’ve got a chance.”
Georgia improved to 13-1 this summer, and it has won 12 consecutive games.