Dixie Youth Americans sweep National Friday night
The possibility for a split between the Dixie Ozone American League and National League all-stars was on the horizon, but the Americans squashed that notion with a 12-run fourth inning in game two for the sweep Friday night at Franklin Field.
The Americans trailed 11-9 heading into the fourth inning, but the bats were super heated in the final inning, and the team pulled out the mercy rule victory.
“Everyone just seemed to be hitting the ball hard in that final inning,” Americans head coach Larry Sanders said. “I am proud of the guys for pulling it out like that. We were just out here to have fun, but it is always great to win.”
The Nationals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game two, but the Americans answered with one run in the bottom of the first and both teams scored five runs in the second inning for an 8-6 Nationals lead.
The Nationals made it 10-6 in the third, but the Americans cut the lead to 10-9 with three runs in the bottom half. The Nationals added one run in the fourth and the Americans ended the game with 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth for the second consecutive sweep of the all-star doubleheader.
Tobias Youngblood led the Americans with three runs scored and Blake Childs, Tucker Floyd, Matthew Barron, William Price, Cyree Foster, Slade Price, Jaron Knox and Joel Faulkner each scored two runs. Bailey Singleton and Peyton Sanders each added one run scored.
Wright Graning led the Nationals with three runs scored. Tyler Phillips, Morgan Hutchinson and Kendrez White each had two runs scored, and Dalton Faulkner and Xavier Burden added one run scored apiece.
The story was completely different in game one of the doubleheader, as the Americans squeezed out a 19-18 victory in five innings.
The Americans grabbed a 5-0 lead after the top of the first, but the Nationals took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the inning.
The Americans stormed back with seven runs in the second inning to take a 12-6 lead and the Nationals cut that lead to 12-9 in the bottom of the second.
After the Americans scored three runs in the third to push the lead to 15-9 the Nationals scored five in the bottom of the inning to trim the lead to 15-14. Each team scored two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings for the 19-18 final.
Will Price, Foster and Floyd led the Americans with three runs scored each. Slade Price, Joel Faulkner, Sanders and Jaron Knox each added two runs scored and Youngblood and Barron had one run scored apiece.
White led the Nationals with four runs scored. Phillips and Hutchinson each had three runs scored.
Graning, Dalton Faulkner and Perry Bunn each had two runs scored and Hunter Blackmon and Burden added one run scored apiece.