Dixie Youth Majors move on in State Tourney

Published 7:10 pm Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Greenville Dixie Youth Majors will move on in the Dixie Youth State Tournament after a 7-6 win against Hokes Bluff Saturday.

It was a walk-off run in the sixth inning that gave Greenville the ultimate win.

“We were down six to nothing in the first two innings, and we came back to win 7-6,” Head Coach Keith Taylor said.

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Four errors in the first two innings gave Hokes Bluff five of the team’s six runs, which Taylor blamed on the nerves of his team.

“I told them to quit being nervous and that was the biggest problem,” Taylor said. “They were just uptight and they had nothing to lose. They sucked it up and played.”

Pitcher Ryan Davis entered the game keeping Hokes Bluff’s lead to just six, which allowed Greenville to get back into the game.

Moving into the sixth inning, the teams were tied six all, but it was loaded bases in the bottom of the sixth inning that changed the game.

Luke Taylor led off the inning with a double with Braxton Daniels being walked not far behind. Taylor Langford loaded the bases with a single.

The game came to a close after Zach Price was hit by a pitch that walked Taylor home ultimately bringing in a win for Greenville.

“I was proud of them for finally getting over the nervousness,” Taylor said.

Rain washed out the remaining Saturday games.

Greenville will play at 2 p.m. on Monday against the winner of the  Bellingrath and Crossfield game.