Late run lifts AAA Tennessee into winners' bracket
August 12, 2005
MIKE SZVETITZ / Staff Writer
The stage was set Thursday night in the winners’ bracket of the AAA (9-10) Dixie Youth World Series.
Extra innings. Tie ballgame. Drama.
Cue the organ.
Cue Tennessee’s David Gobbell.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, in a game between Tennessee (Savannah) and Mississippi (Hattiesburg American), Gobbell stepped up to the plate and delivered a one-out double. He would eventually come around to score and give Tennessee a 3-2 victory.
The win advances Tennessee into the quarterfinals against Auburn War Eagle at 11:30 a.m. today on Field 9.
Mississippi falls to the losers’ bracket to face Alabama (Troy) in a must-win game at 9:30 a.m. today.
Once Gobbell reached base with his two-bagger to right-center field, it looked like he was going to be stranded there.
But Kendall Adkisson hit a ground ball into the hole behind second base that gave him enough time to make the play at first close. The throw to get Adkisson was off the mark, and Gobbell motored home, sliding past the Mississippi catcher for the winning run.
Before Gobbell could stand, the Tennessee bench came pouring onto the field, celebrating a dramatic victory.
“I haven’t acted like that in a long time,” head coach Dan Adkisson said. “It was a lot of fun. This was a great ballgame by both teams. Our guys made some plays that maybe another team wouldn’t have made on us.”
The Tennessee All-Stars will have to play two games today, whether they win or lose. Today is the make-up day for Monday’s rainout.
A win against Auburn would put them in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal game against the winner of this morning’s Florida (Spring Hill) vs. South Carolina (Midland) game.
A loss would drop them to the losers’ bracket, where they would play at 5:30 p.m.
Mississippi opened up the scoring in the top of the first when Jalen Haskin hit his first of two doubles to plate Jamol Posey, who walked.
Tennessee tied the game in the bottom half of the frame with a bases-loaded single by Jordan Lambert, which scored Adkisson.
Mississippi took another lead, 2-1, in the top of the second with two outs.
Toddrick Magee and Constance Quinn walked to start the rally, and moved up a base on a wild pitch. Magee then scored on another wild pitch to give Mississippi the lead.
But Tennessee fought back in the bottom of the fourth with two outs. Dillon Rooker reached on a single and moved to second when Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch.
Hunter Flippo then hit a hard groundball to the left side of the infield, which was too much for the shortstop to handle. The throw to first was too late to get Flippo, giving Rooker enough time to round third and head for home. The throw to home was off its mark, allowing Rooker to score to tie the game at 2.
“Mississippi has a great team,” Dan Adkisson said. “There were so many little plays that could have gone either way. I’m just tickled to death to be where we are.”