The Beaufort County All-Stars rallied from a five-run deficit for a 17-10 win over Louisiana on Tuesday at Oscar Frazier Park, advancing to the championship round of the Dixie Boys World Series.
Rakim White hit two home runs, including a game-tying grand slam in the eight-run third inning, to power the host team into the championship round. Beaufort County will have to defeat Mississippi twice Wednesday to claim the title.
Louisiana led 7-2 after 1 1/2 innings before White’s first home run, a solo shot in the second. It was 8-3 heading to the bottom of the third, when Beaufort County’s potent offense returned to form after being stymied in a 14-2 loss to Mississippi on Monday.
Cooper George cut into the lead with an RBI single before White’s opposite-field grand slam to left tied it at 8. Christian Londono’s two-run single put the hosts on top, and Harrison Green scored on a throwing error to cap the outburst.
Beaufort County added to the lead in the fourth on Daniel Keber’s RBI single and Zack Morillo’s two-run blast to center, then tacked on a run in the fifth when Oliver Holmes scored on a passed ball. George added an RBI groundout in the sixth, and Holmes followed with an RBI single.
Holmes pitched four innings for the win, with Keber allowing one run over two innings of relief and White giving up one run in the seventh.
The championship matchup is set for 10 a.m. with a second game to follow if Beaufort County wins the first contest. The game will be broadcast live by The County Channel’s at youtube.com/thecountychannel.