It has been said “defense wins championships”. The Riegelwood AA baseball team may or may not agree, but it is defense that ultimately won it the top spot in Pool I play Saturday in the Dixie Youth Baseball AA World Series. After losing to Alabama 10-2, Riegelwood bounced back for a 14-4 win over Louisiana. Comparing scores would have you believe Alabama wins over Louisiana easily right? That would still work out for Riegelwood, as they would advance as the #2 seed from Pool I.
Well, Louisiana defeated Alabama 15-7 leaving Riegelwood, Alabama and Louisiana each with 1-1 records. The first tie-breaker was fewest number of runs allowed. Riegelwood allowed 14, Alabama 17 and Louisiana 21. Riegelwood advanced as the top seed. After that was determined, head to head was used, advancing Louisiana to the championship bracket due to its win over Alabama.
Alabama 10 North Carolina 2
Eli Jacobs put Riegelwood on the board first in the bottom of the first against Alabama with an inside the park, two-run homer. Unfortunately for the North Carolina team that was all the runs it would manage. Alabama banged out 16 hits over the final five innings for a 10-2 victory.
A five-run fifth inning where Alabama collected five hits that included three doubles gave the Crimson clad squad an 8-2 lead. The team from Taylorville, Alabama also benefitted from outstanding defense from the shortstop and second base positions.
Eli Jacobs led Riegelwood with two hits. Zay Hines doubled. Adrian Jenrette, Khari Bowens, Demetrius Dexter, George Everette, Landon Jacobs and Devon Jenrette collected one hit apiece.
North Carolina 14 Louisiana 4
Foot speed and aggressive base running have been the calling cards for the Riegelwood offense. Louisiana became its latest victim. Riegelwood scored six runs in the third inning on just two hits and cruised to a 14-4 win despite only outhitting the Bayou team nine to seven.
Riegelwood’s fearless base running forced Louisiana into multiple misplays in every inning except the first and fourth. The youngsters from eastern Columbus County had a 9-0 lead after three innings and Louisiana never got closer than seven runs.
Zay Hines contributed two hits and scored three times. Adrian and Devon Jenrette both had two hits and two runs scored. Braylon Waddell collected two hits and played solid defense at shortstop. Demetrius Dexter and George Everette had one base hit each.