AIKEN – The Sumter Dixie Junior Boys all-star baseball team scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win by the 10-run mercy rule over Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 14-4 on Monday in the …
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AIKEN – The Sumter Dixie Junior Boys all-star baseball team scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win by the 10-run mercy rule over Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 14-4 on Monday in the World Series at Citizens Park.
Sumter remains undefeated in the tournament and will face JPRD East, Louisiana, today at 10 a.m. JPRD East is the only other undefeated team.
Sumter held a 6-4 lead going to the bottom of the fifth. Shaun Rouse had an RBI double to make it 7-4. Clark Kinney broke the game open with a grand slam home run.
“It was a total team effort,” Sumter head coach Byron Kinney said. “Up and down the lineup we had people hitting with runners in scoring position.
“We got a couple hits, they walked a couple of batters and we got timely hits to push the runs across. We were glad to end the game in the fifth.”
Clark Kinney went 3-for3- with seven runs batted in. Hayden Mims was 3-for-4 with three RBI, Jes Schwedler had two hits, and Dylan Jones had a hit and two RBI.
Schwedler went the distance on the mound. He had four strikeouts.
“Jes threw a really good game,” Coach Kinney said. “The fact that we had to use just one pitcher is huge. That allows us to reset our pitching.”
On Sunday, Sumter defeated Dyersburg, Tennessee, 7-5. Sumter led 6-0 when Clark Kinney left the game. He finished with nine strikeouts, allowing just two hits. Chase Denton recorded the final four outs to get the save.
Clark Kinney had two hits, while Rouse, Schwedler, Ben Reynolds, Bryson Hodge and Denton each had a hit.
Sumter opened the World Series with an 11-1 win over Beaufort County on Saturday. Clark Kinney and Schwedler each had two hits, while Hodge scored two runs and had two RBI.
Reynolds allowed one run, striking out three, in four innings. Cecil Mitchum pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
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