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field by Ever­hart to make it 3-0. Daw­son Weaver ended the in­ning af­ter he left to early on tag from se­cond base.

Af­ter putting up an­other run in the fifth in­ning, and fac­ing a New­ton threat, which made it a two-run game, Ge­or­gia led off the sev­enth in­ning with a sin­gle by Jalen Latta. Latta was driven home by the tour­na­ment’s lead­ing run pro­ducer, Bryce Dele­vie.

Dele­vie, who hit .706 and had four home runs and 17 RBI’s in the tour­na­ment, was held in check much of Wed­nes­day evening.

His first hit didn’t come un­til the sev­enth in­ning, but it Ge­or­gia was able to cap­i­tal­ize on New­ton’s few pitch­ing mis­takes.

“He had a base hit but I think we proved he wasn’t Su­per­man,” Hewell said.

The host team al­lowed the fourth fewest walks in the tour­na­ment, even though they made it fur­ther than 10 other teams, with 12 and al­lowed three and hit three bat­ters on Wed­nes­day night.

De­spite the mis­cues, New­ton gave up 10 hits, and struck out six bat­ters in a com­bined ef­fort by Nick Wo­mack and Tay­lor.

Of­fen­sively, New­ton County couldn’t get into scor­ing po­si­tion through­out most of the game, get- ting just four bat­ters into scor­ing po­si­tion dur­ing the first five in­nings.

New­ton County got its first run of the cham­pi­onship game in the bot­tom of the third in­ning af­ter Phillip Rowe led off with a hit. Rowe then stole se­cond, be­fore com­ing home on a hit to cen­ter field by Jared Jones.

Af­ter a strike­out by Blake Shope, Nick Wo­mack’s at bat was in­ter­rupted by a light­ning post­pone­ment at 7:47 p.m. One hour and 21 min­utes later the game re­sumed, but New­ton couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize on its pre-storm mo­men­tum.

“It just killed the mo­men­tum we had go­ing,” Hewell said.

New­ton County would add a run in the sixth in­ning when Wo­mack led off by hit­ting into an er­ror. Af­ter two outs, Ge­or­gia com­mit­ted an­other to al­low Wo­mack to score. Con­ner Hewell hit a sharp grounder to the third base­man, which was then bob­bled by the first base­man al­low­ing Wo­mack to make the score 4-2 in fa­vor of Ge­or­gia.

In the fi­nal frame, New­ton County couldn’t pro­duce a base run­ner and the 2012 Dixie Boys World Se­ries came to its con­clu- sion.

It’s the last time any of the New­ton County All Stars will be able to play in Dixie Boys base­ball but they went out rep­re­sent­ing their com­mu­nity and league well.

“All these kids, none of them have the op­por­tu­nity to come back and play again,” Hewell said. “But they’ll be in high school, and I look for­ward to see­ing them play there.”

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

A New­ton County player slides into se­cond dur­ing a win over Alabama in the semi­fi­nals of the Dixie Boys World Se­ries Wed­nes­day.

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