The Albany Dixie League 9- and 10-year-old team gathers around coach Ardis Pickett before Sunday’s game in the DYB World Series in Laurel, Miss.
Laurel, Miss. -- In a see-saw game between the only undefeated teams remaining in the 9-10 year-old Dixie Youth Baseball World Series, host Laurel, Miss., defeated Albany, 12-10, late Tuesday night.
The victory lifts Laurel (4-0) into the semifinals, while Albany (3-1) -- which is playing as Team Georgia -- will play in an elimination game at 7 p.m. today vs. South Carolina.
Laurel jumped ahead 4-0 in the top of the first inning Tuesday before a lightning delay suspended the game for 30 minutes. After the delay, Albany jumped ahead 5-4, but Laurel struck back with a six-run fourth inning to take a 10-5 lead.
Highlighted by a Denver Bryant two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning, Albany pulled to within 10-9 and then tied it at 10-10 in the bottom of the fifth when Jordan Buchanan scored on a passed ball.
Laurel, however, scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning off Albany reliever Ardis Pickett to take a 12-10 lead. Albany got a two-out single from Antonio James in the bottom of the final inning, but it wasn't enough to prevent Albany's American League All-Star team from falling into the loser's bracket.
Albany and Laurel are two of four teams remaining in the 12-team tournament, which will hold its championship game on Thursday.
Albany is trying to become the first team from Georgia to win the national championship since Troup County won in 2009. North Gwinnett also won the Dixie League title in 2002 and 1999.