p.m. If Georgia and Alabama were to meet up in the championship game, with the loser of Tuesday night’s game winning, they would play another at 10 a.m. Thursday to determine the winner of the double-elimination tournament.
If there are three oneloss teams remaining after each semifinal, then the team with the most games will receive a bye into Thursday’s championship. If there are two teams with the same number of games, there will then be a coin flip to determine the bye.
The winner of Louisiana and North Carolina’s Tuesday night game, which finished after press time, and Newton County are the only two teams left from the elimination bracket.
Louisiana found itself there after beating Arkansas 14-5 in its opening game, and then South Carolina 5-4, before falling to Georgia.
North Carolina made its way through the elimination bracket after losing its first game, 23-13 to South Carolina. The team from Hope Mills then defeated Arkansas 9-5 and Texas 9-8 in its two eliminationround games.
“The caliber of baseball I feel has passed that of previous World Series’ we’ve hosted,” Hailey said. “Compared to the past, we have five or six teams left capable of winning, and we’ve had just one or two.
“We’ve seen a lot of good team go home already.”
Along with solid baseball teams, the 2012 World Series has also brought solid revues of Covington, Newton County and its recreation facilities.
“The preparation prior to it has been key to a successful event,” Hailey said.
Chris Booth took the mound for Texas in the Newton County team’s debut in the Dixie Boys World Series, much to the home team’s chagrin as it fell 4-1.
Booth pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run, allowing three hits, walking just two and striking out seven Newton County batters.
Booth was able to both blow some pitches by the Newton County batters, along with keeping them off balance with a strong curve ball.
Booth opened the fifth inning by reaching on an error by the shortstop, moved to second on stole base and third on a balk. Dustin Hendrix’ single brought him home. Hendrix moved to second on an error by the shortstop.
Andre Ling reached on a fielder's choice and Peyton Stewart went to third base on an error by the third baseman.
Carson Seaga brought two Texas runners home with a single, scoring Hendrix and King. Stewart scored on an error before Kurt Wilson, who started the inning with a strikeout, ended it with Texas up 4-1.
Newton couldn’t overcome the deficit, managing just three this in the game.
Newton County’s bats came to life in its third game of the 2012 Dixie Boys World Series Tuesday.
Every batter for Newton County had at least one hit against four Virginia pitchers. Austin Taylor, Connor Hewell, Ritchie and Stevens