Hattiesburg, McComb to play for championship
by Donell Maxie
Jul 16, 2013 | 1219 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Hattiesburg player slides safely into home against Kosciusko Monday. Hattiesburg won the contest 8-7 and will play McComb at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
A Hattiesburg player slides safely into home against Kosciusko Monday. Hattiesburg won the contest 8-7 and will play McComb at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
The battle for the Dixie Youth 7-year-old State Championship will be decided today at Bear Pen Park in Cleveland as the Hattiesburg American All-Stars will take on the McComb American All-Stars for all the marbles.

The championship game will start at 5:30 p.m. and if necessary game two will be played at 7 p.m.

Going into tonight's matchup, Hattiesburg is undefeated with a 5-0 mark while McComb is 4-1 with their only loss coming to Hattiesburg on Saturday when they lost 11-1.

To get to the championship game both teams had to fight hard against formidable opponents.

McComb edged out Columbia 17-15 in extra innings and Hattiesburg slid by Kosciusko 8-7 to earn their spot in the title game.

McComb got off to a slow start against Columbia trailing 7-0 going into the top of the fourth. In the fourth inning McComb found their groove as they scored all seven of the runs allowed in an inning of coach pitch baseball to tie the game at 7-7.

The game remained tied until the fifth when McComb took their first lead of the contest when Cameron Jones socked a RBI triple for an 8-7 McComb lead. McComb added three more runs in the inning to take an 11-7 lead.

Columbia responded in the bottom of the fifth with 8 hits and six runs in the inning, none bigger than Joshua Robertson's two RBI single that gave Columbia a 12-11 lead. Columbia scored one more run in the inning for a 13-11 advantage.

In the top of the sixth inning McComb's Jacob Stringer led off with a single and Carson Alford followed with a base hit as well. With runners on second and third, Jace Howell socked a hard double to drive in both runners for a 13-13 tie. Nathan Hughes followed with a RBI single to give McComb a 14-13 lead and a double from Avery Griffith scored Hughes to give McComb the 15-13 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth Columbia did what they had to do to stay alive in the game as they scored two runs with two outs on the board to push the game into extra innings.

In the top half of the seventh McComb scored two runs to take a 17-15 lead. Columbia took to the field, but was unable to get anything going. With one out on the book, Caleb Dubois popped out and the Columbia runner on first ran off the base to second and was tagged out as he attempted to get back top first for the third out to end the ball game.

The Hattiesburg and Kosciusko contest was just as intense as the first game of the day.

In the top of the fifth inning Kosciusko led Hattiesburg 6-3. Kosciusko added another run for a 7-3 lead. Hattiesburg got busy in the bottom of the fifth and scored three runs for a 7-6 ball game. Hattiesburg's Logan Archer hit an RBI single to tie the contest at 7-7.

In the top of the sixth Hattiesburg's defense came on strong and retired the batters in order to go into the bottom of the sixth with a chance to end the game.

Mason Beverly led off for Hattiesburg with a single. Jaylin McSwain grounded out on the next at bat for the first out of the inning, but he moved Beverly over to second base. Turner Vance was the next batter and he popped out for the second out of the inning.

With the scored tied at 7-7 and two outs on the board with a runner at second base Hattiesburg's Anthony Maddox, Jr. stepped to the plate.

Maddox delivered as he had done all throughout the tournament with a walk off RBI double that scored Beverly and gave Hattiesburg the victory.