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NC All-Stars avoid elimination in Dixie Boys tournament

COVINGTON -- A fourth inning home run by Marquell Stevens gave the Newton County All-Stars the spark they needed to comeback from 5-1 deficit to a 7-5 win over Mississippi in the elimination round of the Dixie Boys World Series at City Pond Park on Monday.

Newton County will face Virginia, who eliminated Tennessee with a 14-3 win, today at 10 a.m.

The All-Stars got on the board first when a sacrifice grounder by Nick Womack plated Blake Shope in the home half of the first inning.

Newton County's bats were kept quiet as they could only muster three hits in the first three innings of play.

Mississippi on the other hand did not have trouble hitting the ball as they had eight hits through the first three innings. Six of their hits came in the third when they scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead. They added another run in the top of the fourth taking a four-run lead over Newton.

While it looked like the team may have been down they definitely were not out of it. Following Stevens' home run, the All-Stars with Womack adding two runs with a double.

After keeping Mississippi from getting a base runner in the sixth, Gray Ritchie brought Jake Jones home before scoring on Womack's fourth RBI of the game.

Of Newton County's 10 hits, four were for extra bases. Stevens had the only home run for Newton County with Womack hitting two doubles and Shope getting one double. Conner Hewell and Womack paced Newton County with two hits each.

Womack, who got the win relieving Austin Taylor on the mound in the third inning, had four strikeouts while giving up three hits in 4.1 innings of work.