COVINGTON -- The hits just kept coming for the Newton County All-Stars in elimination game of the Dixie Boys World Series against Virginia on Tuesday, getting 14 hits in their six-inning 15-0 win at City Pond Park. Tuesday night, Newton followed with a 9-3 win over South Carolina.
Even though everybody contributed with a hit, five players paced the team with two hits each. Getting two hits for Newton County were Blake Shope, Austin Taylor, Conner Hewell, Gray Ritchie and Marquell Stevens. Both of Ritchie's hits were for doubles with DJ Powell getting a double and Nick Womack going yard, clearing the fence in the deepest part of center field.
While Newton County was spraying the ball into the field, its defense was solid, allowing only two hits for Virginia.
After building a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, Virginia threatened to get back into the game as they loaded the bases with one out. That was when Shope took over on the mound striking out the next two batters. The shutout inning seemed to deflate Virginia while giving the All-Stars an added boost of confidence scoring three more times in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead.
After extending the lead to 9-0 in the fifth inning, Newton County crossed the plate six times in the sixth inning securing a run-rule victory.
Due to early deadlines, full coverage of the second game for the Newton County All-Stars on Tuesday night is not included in today's edition. Readers can find game coverage on our website at www.newtoncitizen.com and rockdalecitizen.com. Coverage of that game and today's 10 a.m. semifinal will be published in print in our Thursday edition.
In the Monday night game against Mississippi, a fourth-inning home run by Stevens gave Newton County the spark needed to turn a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 win.
The All-Stars got on the board first when a sacrifice grounder by Womack plated Shope in the home half of the first inning.
While the Newton County bats were kept quiet -- it only had 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 added more two runs off a double to make it 5-4 before scoring the tying run in the home half of the fourth.
After keeping Mississippi from getting a base runner in the fifth, Ritchie brought Jake Jones home before scoring on Womack's fourth RBI of the game in the fifth inning.
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. 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 innings of work.