The 13-14 year old Brunswick County All-Star baseball team lost 18-5 to Monroe, Louisiana Tuesday evening at the Dixie Youth World Series in Christiansburg, Va.
Three teams remain alive in the double elimination tournament:
NC ( Brunswick County )
MS ( Laurel-Jones County )
LA ( Monroe )
NC, MS & LA all have one loss. The tournament resumes Wednesday at 5pm.
Monroe, Louisiana forced a three team playoff on Championship night of the 2010 Dixie Boys Baseball World Series by defeating previously unbeaten Brunswick County, North Carolina 18-5 at Harkrader Sports Complex in Christiansburg, Virginia.
Louisiana blasted four home runs, including two from centerfielder Cade Harper, as Louisiana ended the game in five innings by the 10 run rule.
Harper connected on two run home runs in the second and fourth inning and finished the game with three hits. It was the fourth and fifth home runs of the tournament for the Louisiana clean-up hitter. Seth Christian connected on a three run shot in the seven run first inning for the first of his three hits, while Brian Barefoot followed with a solo shot in the same inning.
Will Watson added three hits and Quin Graves had two doubles in his three hits.
Patrick Wipple started and picked up the victory for Louisiana allowing two runs in three innings of work on just three hits, while striking out three.
Jared Strange had a single and a steal of home for North Carolina in the first, while Tyler Barnes took the loss on the mound.
The result forced a three team playoff for the championship. In a blind draw, Laurel-Jones County, Mississippi earned a bye into the championship game as Louisiana and North Carolina will meet at 5:00 on Wednesday to determine the championship opponent. The title game will follow 30 minutes after the first game.
Louisiana Manager Al Hayward
“That is normally how we play baseball and tonight we were seeing basketballs at the plate. They are good team and I think we hopped on them early first and showed them what we could do tonight.”
Louisiana centerfielder Cade Harper
“We just wanted to get some revenge from the first time they beat us because we know we are a better baseball team then we show that time. Hopefully our bats stay this hot tomorrow.”
North Carolina Manager Tommy Fowler
“Losing builds character, sometime you are going to have a little off game but good teams have got to bounce back. We are going to take this game like grown men and get back after it tomorrow.”
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Louisiana 7 2 1 8 0 x x 18 18 1
North Carolina 2 0 0 1 2 x x 5 4 3
Whipple, Luffey (4) Braswell (5) and Nickelson. Barnes, Hill (1), Darguzas (3) Perkins (4), Howard (5) and Darguzas, Hill (3). W- Whipple L- Barnes SV- None HR- Christian (LA) 1st two on; Bearfoot (LA) 1st none on, Harper (LA) 2nd one on, Harper (LA) 4th one on.