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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.

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