Georgia slips past Wayne County for majors title
August 14, 2005
Tom Peavy / Staff Writer
Georgia’s (Lee County) Chase Patrick was so much in the zone on the mound Saturday night he didn’t even realize he had a no-hitter going through four innings.
Patrick pitched all six innings allowing just three hits while striking out eight to lead Georgia to the Dixie Youth Majors (11-12-year-olds) World Series crown with a 2-1 win over Tennessee (Wayne County National).
“I feel so good right now,” Patrick said. “I went up there knowing I had good defense behind me. I didn’t even think about a no-hitter, I was just throwing.”
The win gave Lee County their third Dixie Majors World Series title.
“This is just unbelievable,” Georgia coach Todd Griffin said. “This all started four years ago and we came together and had the idea that this group of guys would be special.
“There was nothing guaranteed, but all the hard work, sweat and dirt finally paid off for us.”
Not only was Patrick dominant on the mound, it was his leadoff double that got Georgia rolling in the first inning.
Patrick got Georgia’s bats going on the game’s first pitch, belting a Dalynn Teeftaller offering to the fence in center field for a double.
Chase Griffin then drew a walk, but not before a throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed Patrick to third.
Kolt Parsons brought Patrick home for the first run on a sacrifice fly. Two batters later Justin Walker ripped an RBI single to bring Griffin across.
From there Patrick was in total command, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters he faced. That one Tennessee base runner came on a hit batter, but a double play nullified any rally threat.
Patrick finally ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth as Austin Rice ended the no-hit bid with a liner that Parsons narrowly missed on a dive attempt at first base.
Lucas Pippenger then singled to put two runners on.
Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but Patrick fanned Micah Brantley, avoided Teeftaller with an intentional walk and fanned Boston Ray to survive the rally.
The combination of Teeftaller, Rice and Pippenger held Georgia’s bats at bay after the first inning, allowing just one hit after the first inning.
That set up Tennessee’s last gasp at a rally.
Clint Butler reached with one out when his shallow fly into center field dropped between three converging Georgia defenders. Drew Bevis drew a walk, and two batters later Rice looped a single to right field, scoring Butler. Bevis advanced on the play, putting the tying run on third.
But Patrick coaxed Pippenger into a harmless groundout to end the game.
“He’s always been that way,” Griffin said of Patrick. “He’s a battler. To sum it up, he loves to pitch and he’s a leader. We’re so very fortunate to have him as a part of this team.”
Patrick, Walker and Zane Hood collected the three Georgia hits while Rice went 2-for-3 to pace Tennessee.