Louisiana 10, Alabama 4
Aaron Sheppard won't be able to throw again for a while, but he made the most of his first outing.
The Louisiana ace threw a six-inning complete game to help his team defeat Alabama, 10-4, in the opening round of the Dixie Boys World Series on Saturday. Sheppard also hit a home run to help his cause.
Due to Dixie Boys pitch-count rules, Sheppard won't be allowed to throw again for 40 hours.
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"Beautiful job, beautiful," Louisiana coach Tim Horton said. "We wanted to run him out and get a win in the books. It's big to win that first game, get things going the right way."
Louisiana advances to play Mississippi at 7 p.m. today.
Sheppard allowed only five hits and struck out seven. Tanner Sharp was 2 for 3 with a double. Josh Scherer was also 2 for 3 to help lead Louisiana.
As a team, Louisiana delivered 12 hits, left only two runners on base and committed only one error.
Texas 8, Florida 5
Texas withstood a five-run fifth inning from Florida and responded with three of its own the following inning to win the opening-night matchup.
Texas used the long ball to advance. Colton McSwain and Adam Reeves each hit early-inning home runs to give Texas a 5-0 lead.
"I saw a fastball down the middle, and it lit my eyes up," McSwain said. "I put a good swing on it."
Texas is playing in the World Series for the second consecutive year. The team finished 1-2 in last year's Dixie Junior Boys World Series.
"We didn't know what to expect last year, because we never made it to the World Series," McSwain said. "This year, we came to win it."
Texas will be part of an intriguing matchup today, when it faces North Carolina at 7 p.m.
Mississippi 3, Arkansas 1
On a day filled with hitting highlights, Ti'Quan Forbes was the star on the mound. The 6-foot-3 right-hander struck out 11 batters over four hitless innings of relief to help Mississippi move past Arkansas.
Forbes added an RBI double at the plate.
"I was just trying to throw strikes consistently," Forbes said. "I kept my momentum going."
Jaylin Akins hit two triples and scored one run for Mississippi, and Demarcus Evans was 2 for 3.
Mississippi will face Louisiana at 7 tonight. Alabama faces Arkansas at 4 p.m. in an elimination game.
North Carolina 18, Tennessee 1
The team from the Tar Heel state battered Tennessee to advance.
North Carolina pitcher Kevon Perkins earned the win with just two innings of work. Shelton Perkins was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a double. Jerry Martin also hit safely in two at-bats, with a double.
Gray Cheeks was 2 for 2 with a triple for North Carolina, which advances to play Texas at 7 p.m. today.