KENOVA, W. Va. — The Columbus American Little League minor baseball all-stars won the Tournament of Champions with a 6-5 victory over Centerville, Va., on Wednesday night at Mitch Stadium.
American’s Bryce Delevie hit a one-out walkoff home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Virginia had tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth with a run.
American trailed most of the game until the bottom of the fifth inning when Drew Haywood hit a two-run homer, a line drive over the left-field fence, for a 5-4 lead.
The home run also scored Cason Greathouse, who had reached on a fielder‘s choice. Greathouse pitched the first five innings.
Haywood came in the game after Greathouse reached the 75-pitch total, the maximum for one game. Haywood ended up with the win.
Virginia jumped on Greathouse for three runs in the first inning. The first three batters all scored.
American responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.
Parker Applewhite singled. Greathouse followed with a two-run homer.
After two scoreless innings, a heavy rain storm forced a 1:20 delay in the top of the fourth. Virginia scored a run in the top of the fourth after the rain delay.
Georgia cut the deficit back to one run in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan Coffield reached on a infield single off the pitcher’s leg. Hunter Morrison pinch ran for Coffield and eventually scored on Quinten Saine‘s ground out.
The other players on the American team are Cole Hill, Dylan Baker, Prather Hudson and Jacob Parks.
The Tournament of Champions was started in 2005. It brings together the minor baseball state champions from eight Southeast states together for a tournament. It is as far as minor baseball teams can advance. Before 2005, the state tournament was as far as a minor baseball team could go.