The Hogansville all-stars came into the final inning of Tuesday’s Dixie Youth Baseball state-tournament game against Manchester trailing 8-3, but they nearly rallied for what would have been a remarkable comeback victory.
In a sixth inning that included a weather delay of more than an hour, Hogansville scored four runs and had the tying and go-ahead runs on base before Manchester finally got the game’s final out to preserve an 8-7 win.
“We showed a lot of heart,” Hogansville coach Bryan Starling said. “We just couldn’t get that last run.”
Hogansville had scored one run in the sixth when the decision was made to pull the teams off the field because of an approaching storm.
Hogansville was down to its last out at the time, but Starling said no one was feeling down.
“They sat there for an hour, hour and a half waiting, and they were so ready to go,” Starling said. “They kept asking about playing. To come back out with two outs and pick up three runs right there showed a lot of heart.”
Before the delay, Austin Skiff had an RBI single to make it 8-4.
After the storm blew through, the teams returned to the field, and Tucker Starling and Chase Williams had RBI hits to put a scare into Manchester.
Hogansville trailed 8-1 heading into the fifth inning when Token Conaway had an RBI triple and Ben Alford came through with a run-scoring single to make it an 8-3 game.
Manchester turned a nice double play to end the inning and the threat.
In the sixth inning, Seth Stargell got the rally started with a leadoff base hit.
Hogansville scored its first run in the second inning, with Conaway scoring after reaching on a one-out triple.
Hogansville finished with a 1-2 record, and it placed fifth in the tournament