Demopolis All-Stars rally for win

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 7, 2004

LIVINGSTON – A fifth inning rally proved to be the difference for the Demopolis 9&10-year old All-Stars Tuesday night as they come from behind to take a 4-2 win over the Monroe County All-Stars.

After suffering a 12-0 loss to the Sumter All-Stars Monday night, Demopolis found themselves on the ropes of elimination Tuesday as they faced off with (2-1) Monroe County.

Demopolis was still in search for open spots in the field of play Tuesday night, something that has plagued Demopolis through their last two games. But in the fifth, the search would come to an end, as Demopolis struck gold with two hits to rise from a 2-0 deficit to a 4-2 win.

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“We’ve been able to hit the ball, but we couldn’t seem to find a hit,” Demopolis head coach Mark Hasty said.

Demopolis, who had no hits in 16 at bats Monday night, came into Tuesday’s pairing with Monroe County in need of just one hit to break the spell. And in the fifth, they found it.

Kaleb Farmer started off the fifth with Demopolis’ first hit in more than eight innings. Two walks and a passed ball later, Demopolis would collected another first, as Payne Hasty crossed the plate for Demopolis’ first run in more than eight innings of play.

But things were only getting started for Demopolis, as William Stewart would crank out another hit for Demopolis giving them a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

Demopolis would then get one more run on a passed ball to cap off the innings and hold off Monroe County in the top of the sixth to preserve the win.

Leading the way for Demopolis would be both Farmer and Stewart with one hit apiece, while Hasty, Wesley Anderson, Stewart and Kyle Littles would each score a run for Demopolis.

On the hill it was all Stewart, who collected 8K’s in a complete game six innings, while giving up two runs on four hits with five walks.

Gabe Dees would collect 7K’s, while giving up two hits and four walks for Monroe County.

With the win, Demopolis advances to a best-of-three game championship series with tournament favorite Sumter (3-0) starting tonight at Jaycee Park.