big on the mound against Mississippi.
Womack allowed three hits and zero runs in five innings of relief, while striking out three, including two in the final inning.
Womack has been just one of several strong pitchers for Newton County, including Gray Ritchey against South Carolina and Blake Shope against Virginia and Texas.
“We’ve pitched out of a lot of jams at times when our defense hadn’t done what it should,” Hewell said.
Here’s a look at Newton’s first four games:
Stevens led off the bottom of the fourth inning with Newton County’s first home run in the 2012 Dixie Boys World Series to make it a three-run game with Mississippi ahead 5-2.
Jake Jones follows the home run with a walk and Shope became the third consecutive Newton County base runner with an RBI double past Mississippi’s third baseman.
After Mississippi’s relief pitcher came into the game, Womack hits a double to drive in Jones and Shope, pulling Newton County within one 5-4. With Womack, Mike Terry and Austin Taylor all on the bases, Connor Hewell hit a hustling fielder’s choice to the shortstop to score Womack from third.
Hunter Phillip ended the inning with a strikeout and two men on but Newton County scored four runs in the frame to tie it at 5-5.
Newton County took the lead for good in the following inning, as Ritchey hit a RBI single to right field to score Jones, who reached on a walk, putting Newton County ahead 6-5 in bottom of fifth inning. Womack followed Ritchey with an RBI double to make it 7-5 and chased Landrum out of the game. Mississippi brought in Taylor Gainey to pitch with one runner on and two outs in fifth but the damage was already done. all had two hits for the host team. Ritchie drove in three runs, while scoring three more and Nick Womack had a two-run home run in the sixth inning.
“They’re backs were against the wall to the point where one loss sends you home,” Newton County coach Denny Hewell said. “They knew the chips were down. I couldn’t ask for a better hitting performance.”
Newton County took a 3-0 lead against Virginia in the top of the second inning, added three more runs in the third, three more in the fifth and ended it in the sixth.
Leading 9-0 after the fifth inning, Newton County as one run away from the 10run rule, and got it and more in the top of the sixth. Shope led off by hitting into an error and Womack followed with a monstrous home run to center field.
Newton County later loaded the bases and Hill walked Powell to score Hewell. Stevens followed with a two-RBI single up the middle, scoring Ritchie and Rowe. Jones ended the scoring on a sacrifice grounder to second base.
The host team tallied six hits, including a home run and four doubles, to put together seven runs in the third en route to a 9-3 win over South Carolina at City Pond Field. Newton County allowed a run in the first inning thanks to a crucial error as pitcher Gray Ritchey and first baseman Hunter Phillips both went for a pop up near the pitcher’s mound.
South Carolina’s Ryan Taylor hit the high-fly ball, which fell to the mound to let a runner reach base.
The out would have been the final one of the inning, however, the next batter, Brandon Spittle hit a single to shallow center, scoring Edward McMillan.
South Carolina added to the lead thanks to another Newton County lapse in the third inning. South Carolina’s Robert Jones led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice, before a hit by McMillan moved him to third.
McMillan and Jones than had a double steal with Newton County throwing to second base, allowing McMillan to score.
However, following the third inning, Newton’s defense settled down and its offense came to life.
Having managed no hits and only one base runner in the first two innings, the host team connected on six hits in the third.
Marquell Stevens, who sparked Newton County’s win over Mississippi with a home run Monday night, started the third inning with a double. He moved to third on Jared Jones’ groundout and scored on Blake Shope’s sacrifice grounder to short stop. Nick Womack then hit a two-run home run to left center, followed by a solo home run by Jake Jones just over the center field wall.
Hunter Phillips hit a twoout double to score Hewell and Phillip Rowe, courtesy running for Gray Ritchie. Stevens, who already had a double in the inning, had another, this time scoring Phillips and chasing starting pitcher Taylor Finlay from the game. Newton County put up seven runs as 11 batters saw plate appearances in the inning.