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