Southeastern Region baseball: Georgia edges Alabama, advances to semifinals

WARNER ROBINS - Georgia (Columbus Northern) defeated Alabama (Huntsville East) 8-7 in a Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament pool play game Sunday.

Georgia (2-0) plays North Carolina (2-0) Monday at 7 p.m. in a game that will determine the top seed in Pool B. Both teams are assured of advancing to Wednesday's semifinals, which will be broadcast on ESPN2.

In the bottom of the second inning for Georgia, Jalen Latta's ground ball with two outs was misplayed by the third baseman, scoring Troy Gilliland for a 1-0 lead.

For Alabama in the top of the third, Richard Constantine hit an RBI-double to right field to tie the score.

Georgia regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Cason Sizemore's single to right field scored Jack Tanner for a 2-1 lead. One batter later, Jacob Pate singled to center field to score Sizemore for a 3-1 lead.

In the top of the fifth, Alabama loaded the bases with no outs. Daniel Wright chopped a single up the middle, scoring two runs to tie the game, 3-3. Logan Storey then ripped an RBI single down the right field line for a 4-3 lead. Graham Ashcraft hit a bouncing single just out of the reach of the second baseman to bring in two more runs for a 6-3 lead. Colton Schultz doubled to left field to drive in another run and make it 7-3.

Georgia got one run back immediately in the bottom of the fifth when Knox Carter hit a home run to left field to make it 7-4. With runners on first and third with two outs, Sizemore chopped a ground ball to second that was misplayed and Kobie Buglioli scored to cut the lead to 7-5. Blake Hicks hit sharp ground ball that the third baseman was unable to stop, scoring another run to make it 7-6. Pate was walked intentionally to load the bases, and Brandon Pugh singled to tie the game, 7-7.

Georgia pulled out the win with two outs in the bottom of the sixth when Sizemore singled to right field to score Tanner from second base for an 8-7 victory.

On Monday, Alabama (0-2) plays South Carolina (0-2) at 1 p.m..

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