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AAA South Carolina one game away

August 13, 2005

MIKE SZVETITZ / Staff Writer
Opelika-Auburn News
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South Carolina’s AAA All-Stars scored seven unanswered runs to beat Tennessee, 8-4, in seven innings Friday night, advancing to today’s championship round.
South Carolina (Midland), Tennessee (Savannah) and Alabama (Troy) all have one loss in the double-elimination Dixie Youth World Series, meaning all have a shot at the title today.
Alabama (Troy) drew the bye and will play at 8 p.m. today, with South Carolina and Tennessee playing again at 1 p.m. in the consolation round for the right to see who will play Alabama in the final.
Tennessee was leading 4-1 heading into the top of the sixth inning, with South Carolina’s All-Stars having only one more at-bat to try to stay alive.
They did.
Three runs in the sixth forced extra innings, and South Carolina kept the runs coming in the top of the seventh with four more.
Preston Whitaker led of the seventh with a walk, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then moved to third on a single by Caleb Talton. Casey Parker hit a ball into the outfield, which was misplayed, allowing Whitaker to score to break the tie and give Carolina a 5-4 lead. Talton then scored on another error to make it 6-4.
South Carolina poured on two more runs, one off a double by Taylor Key and the other off a single by John Robert Rodgers.
Ricky Harrison was 1-for-2 with two RBI for South Carolina, while Key was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Rodgers had two RBI and a hit in the win.
Tennessee was led by Clint Fisher, who was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Dylan Moore was also 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.
All games today will be played on Field 9 at Duck Samford Baseball Complex in Auburn.