SE­RIES

The Covington News - - Lo­cal -

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

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