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Sumter tops Greensboro

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Cal Ripken District 10 all-star under 12 teams from Sumter County and Greensboro faced off yesterday afternoon at the SportsPlex, with the group from Sumter coming out on top, 10-5, after six inning of play.

The Sumter victory was largely a testament to early batting by the team that got the group up, 5-0, in the bottom of the first. A lead that proved insurmountable by the team from Greensboro.

The first five batters scored in the bottom of the first. Opening batter, Brock Montgomery was walked before stealing second and moving to third off a pass ball. Montgomery was followed by a double from Austin Dirksen, a single by Blake Dial, a walk of Robert Chapman and a double from Cody Murphy. Then Madison Henry helped move the group in with a double followed by and out, and the final two batters were struck out.

After no score in the top of the second, Sumter extended their lead in the bottom of the inning, making it a 7-0 game. After a ground out, Montgomery doubled to get on and a pass ball sent him to third. Another ground out brought Dial up for his second bat. Dial came with authority and hit a homerun, recording an RBI and ending the scoring for the inning. Chapman got on base after being hit by a pitch but was followed by a strikeout.

In the top of the third Greensboro warmed up their rally attempt and scored their first point of the game. The inning started with a single from Kelton Paige, who stole second and got to third off a pass ball. He was followed by a ground out and then singles from Ray Lawrence and Tray Anderson. Blake Seale hit a single next that lead to a force out and was followed by a ground out from Troy Hall that ended the top at 7-1.

The Greensboro group came out blazing the next inning after holding the Sumter group. First batter Amad Bennette got on base off a walk and was advanced off singles from Brent Wilborn and Craig Hoggle. A double from Paige helped the cause, but was followed by two strikeouts. A triple from Anderson brought in all of the first four batters in the inning before it ended, 7-5, and brought up the Sumter bats.

Sumter answered in the bottom of the inning with singles from first and third batters, Montgomery and Dial. A double from next batter, Chapman, proved enough to stifle the Greensboro rally and gave the group a, 9-5, cushion.

Greensboro couldn&8217;t answered and Sumter added one more run in the fifth inning after Chris Sanders was walked and hit in off a double, ending the game 10-5.