NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- With only two outs to go, nobody on base and facing a four-run deficit, it didn't look promising for the West Georgia All-Stars. Even coach Cam Greathouse said he started thinking about having to play a second championship game Wednesday in the Dixie Majors World Series.
But West Georgia rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Paris, Texas, 10-9 and win
the World Series title.
"This team never quit," Greathouse said. "We were three outs away from not advancing out of the state tournament.
"This team showed a lot of character."
West Georgia trailed the entire game but closed to within one run, 6-5, before giving up three runs in the top of the seventh.
After the first batter made an out to start the bottom of the seventh, West Georgia scored a couple of runs and loaded the bases for Nick Watford, who hit a grounder to the Paris shortstop, who booted it, allowing the tying run to score.
Cole Thompson scored two pitches later on a wild pitch to give West Georgia the win. Thomspon also got the win as a reliever.
West Georgia entered the game as the only unbeaten team left in the double-elimination tournament. Paris needed to beat West Georgia twice to capture the title.
Greathouse will have a couple of days off before he turns his thoughts to football. He recently announced that he would play football at Fort Valley State in the upcoming season. Greathouse is set to report on Sunday.