Riegelwood got some surprising help from Louisiana and earned the #1 seed from Pool I in the DYB AA World Series Championship bracket. Riegelwood lost to Alabama 10-2 before defeating Louisiana 14-4 Saturday. Louisiana surprised Alabama 15-7 later Saturday evening, leaving all three teams with a record of 1-1. Riegelwood held the tiebreaker of least runs allowed to earn the top seed from its pool. Louisiana advanced due to its win over Alabama.
Sunday Championship bracket play
Riegelwood 10 Florida 0 (4 innings)
Riegelwood banged out 14 hits and allowed just one in “run-ruling” Florida 10-0 in its championship bracket opener. Riegelwood faced the minimum 12 batters in the game as a double play started by shortstop Braylon Waddell eliminated the only Florida base runner.
Gauge Simmons and Eli Walker each delivered two-run doubles in Riegelwood’s five-run first inning. Simmons drove in two more runs in a four-run second with a single. Khari Bowens’ single to center drove in Landon Jacobs with no outs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the contest to a close.
Waddell, Simmons, Walker and Landon Jacobs each had two hits. Adrion Jenrette, Eli Jacobs, Zay Hines, Demetrius Dexter, Davon Jenrette and Bowens had one hit apiece.
Mississippi 8 Riegelwood 3
Mississippi managed just two more hits than Riegelwood (15 to 13), but was able to collect five more extra base hits and bunch six hits together in a five-run fifth inning. This helped Mississippi to an 8-3 win over the North Carolina team. Riegelwood collected two hits in innings one through five and three base knocks in the sixth. Most of the hits came early in the inning and a staunch Mississippi defense was able to utilize force plays to stymie the Riegelwood offense.
Mississippi opened the scoring with a run in the second on four hits. A good relay throw from the outfield prevented a second run from scoring. Four more hits in the third increased the lead to 3-0. Adrian Jenrette singled with two outs in the third. Braylon Waddell reached on an error. Gauge Simmons’ single drove in Jenrette, cutting the lead to 3-1. George Everette’s base hit scored Eli Walker in the fourth to bring Riegelwood to within one at 3-2.
A “bad hop,” one-out, single helped open the door for five Mississippi runs in the fifth. A single and three consecutive doubles with two outs moved the lead to 8-2. Riegelwood threatened in its fifth, but a double play ended the inning. Riegelwood’s first three batters in the sixth singled. Three ground balls produced one run, but three outs as well to end the game.
Gauge Simmons was 3 for 3 to lead Riegelwood. George Everette, Zay Hines and Adrion Jenrette added two base hits each. Braylon Waddell, Eli Jacobs, Mack Freeman and Devon Jenrette all contributed singles.
Riegelwood faces Georgia at 4 p.m. EDT today (Monday) in an elimination contest. A win would pit Riegelwood against the Mississippi/Texas winner at 8:30 p.m. EDT.