Auburn's run ends in semifinals
August 14, 2005
Tom Peavy / Staff Writer
Auburn’s Dixie Majors All-Stars (11-12-year-olds) made an incredible and surprising run into the championship round of the 50th Dixie Youth World Series.
But Friday, Auburn ran into the bat of Tennessee’s Dalynn Teeftaller and saw its run end.
Teeftaller belted a pair of three-run homers and added a two-run double to finish with eight RBI as Tennessee rolled to a 12-4 win.
“He hadn’t been hitting the ball well in the tournament, but we felt like if he could get going we could feed off that,” Tennessee coach Rick Rice said. “The other kids get excited to see those big shots come off his bat.”
The win set Tennessee up to face Georgia in the championship finale.
Tennessee wasted little time jumping ahead of Auburn.
In the top of the first, with one out, Lucas Pippenger doubled and Micah Brantley walked to bring Teeftaller to the plate.
Teeftaller took a Jackson Norman pitch and ripped it deep over the right field fence to give Tennessee a quick 3-0 lead.
But as they have done all tournament long, Auburn’s players fought back with a pair of runs in the second.
Judson Harrison took the first pitch of the inning and laced a double to left field. Neely Boston reached on a bunt single and Norman reached on an error to score Harrison.
Chase Edwards then came up and belted an RBI single to right field.
Tennessee used a wild pitch and an error to tack on two runs in the third, but Auburn struck back in the fourth as Harrison belted a solo homer to make the score 5-3.
However, Tennessee exploded for three runs in the fifth, all coming on Teeftaller’s second three-run bomb.
Auburn added a run in the fifth, but Tennessee pulled even further ahead with four runs in the sixth.
In the sixth, Teeftaller came to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. While his third appearance did not result in a homer, his bullet shot to the gap in right-center field was enough to plate two runs.
Play was suspended for more than an hour in the bottom of the sixth with one out, but Tennessee finished off Auburn quickly when play resumed.
“That was just one great hitting ball club,” Auburn coach Steve Boston said. “But it’s been a great run for us and I’m so proud for our kids.”
Teeftaller led Tennessee at the plate, going 3-for-3 with eight RBI and three runs scored. Pippenger was 3-for-4 with four runs scored.
Harrison led Auburn, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI.