By David Grimes Tuesday, August 07 2012 00:00
Team Virginia (Christiansburg) saw its run in the 2012 Dixie Minors (AAA) World Series come to an end Monday night, as Fairhope, Alabama claimed a 12-2 victory Monday night in Bartow, Fla. The loss eliminated Team Virginia from further play.
Team Virginia started things off in the right direction in the top of the first. Jason Duffie reached on an error. Dakota Sisson then hit into a fielder's choice to retire Duffie at second. Zalen Akers then nailed an RBI single to right to score Sisson and give Virginia a 1-0 lead. Akers would move to third on the throw, where he was left stranded. Alabama would score a pair of runs on an RBI hit batter and an RBI walk to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning.
Brady Kirtner and Garret Kuchan led off the second by reaching on back-to-back errors. Kirtner would tie the game at 2-2 on an RBI single off the bat of Evan Robins. Both Kuchan and Robins would be called out on the base paths when they both got caught in rundowns between home and third and third and second to make it two out. The next batter then went down on strikes. Alabama took control of the game in its half of the second when they used six hits, three walks and a hit batter to score seven runs and take a 9-2 lead.
In the top of the third, Tripp Compton led off with a walk and eventually moved to third. Ryan Schultz was then hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with one out. However, the next two batters went down in order to end the threat.
Team Virginia went down in order in the top of the fourth. Alabama added a pair of runs in its half of the inning to extend their lead to 11-2.
In the top of the fifth, Team Virginia went down 1-2-3. Sam Malone would hit an RBI walk-off single in the bottom of the inning to give Alabama the 12-2 victory by the mercy rule.
Zalen Akers and Evan Robins both led Virginia with a 1-for-2 showing and an RBI apiece.
Christiansburg (Team Virginia), who was making their first-ever appearance in the Dixie Minors World Series, consisted of Jason Duffie, Garret Kuchan, Brady Kirtner, Zalen Akers, MJ Hunter, Reagan Harris, Dakota Sisson, Tripp Compton, Evan Robins, Seth Walker, Ryan Schultz and Jake Clemons. The team was coached by Mark Sisson, Phillip Lytton and Tim Akers.
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