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New­ton County boys fall just shy of win­ning Dixie Boys World Se­ries,

The Covington News - - Front page - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Wed­nes­day night marked the first time a Ge­or­gia team has won a Dixie Boys World Se­ries in New­ton County in the five times the area has hosted the event, dat­ing back to 1993.

How­ever, it wasn’t by the team that much of the home crowd was root­ing for. As the host team, the New­ton County AllStars, fell just shy of win­ning the ti­tle to the team rep­re­sent­ing Ge­or­gia, 5-2.

“We did play them close,” said New­ton coach Denny Hewell. “To lose the first game and come back and make it all the way to the cham­pi­onship speaks for it­self to me. These guys played their hearts out.”

Ge­or­gia led from the first in­ning, as New­ton County’s pitcher Austin Tay­lor hit lead­off hit­ter Marcus Ever­hart with a pitch. Ge­or­gia’s cen­ter­fielder then moved to sec­ond on a sac­ri­fice and ad­vanced to third on a wild pitch.

Ever­hart came in to score on Ca­son Greathouse’s ground­out to short­stop putting the host team in a 1-0 hole.

In three of the four in­nings Ge­or­gia scored, it got the first bat­ter on base.

It started the sec­ond in­ning with a lead­off base run­ner as well as Jerad Munoz walked. He was later thrown out on his way to third on a bunt by Drew Reeves, but by that time Rob­bie Snipes had been walked to keep run­ners on base for Ge­or­gia.

Fol­low­ing Reeves’ bunt, which came to a halt on the chalk of the first base foul line, al­low­ing Snipes to move to sec­ond, Daw­son Weaver hit a shot into right field to score Snipes. Reeves scored on a sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter

Dixie, 2B

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