Tennessee survives Midland
August 14, 2005
MIKE SZVETITZ / Staff Writer
It wouldn’t be a World Series game without extra innings.
Saturday morning, in the game to see who would play Alabama (Troy) in the Dixie Youth World Series final Saturday night, Tennessee scored a run in the bottom of the eighth against South Carolina (Midland) to win 8-7 in the sixth extra-inning game of the tournament.
With runners on second and third and no outs, Tennessee’s Jordan Lambert connected on a single to right field to score Kendall Adkisson, putting the Savannah All-Stars one win away from the championship.
Adkisson reached on South Carolina’s first error of the day and advanced on the second to set up Lambert’s game-winning hit.
For the second time in as many games, Tennessee and South Carolina went to extra frames.
Friday night, Tennessee came into the semifinal game without a loss. That was until South Carolina scored seven unanswered runs in an 8-4 win.
But Tennessee got revenge in Saturday morning’s game when it mattered the most.
It didn’t look so good, however, for the Savannah AAAs, as they lost a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth, giving up four runs to South Carolina.
Tennessee would then tie it at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth when Dylan Moore hit a two-run single with the bases loaded.
The Midland squad answered with two runs in the top of the seventh, on a double by Casey Parker that scored Austin Spires and a single by Ricky Harrison, which scored Parker.
But Tennessee fought back with two runs in its half of the seventh. Clint Fisher knocked in Lambert with a single to make it 7-6, and Dillon Rocker plated Fisher with an infield hit to tie it up.