All the momentum the Beaufort all-stars gained from an emotional win Monday evaporated in one inning Tuesday.
And the host team never recovered.
A day after rallying in the seventh inning to beat in-state nemesis Surfside Beach, Beaufort fell behind early en route to a 19-10 loss to North Carolina, then lost 11-1 to Louisiana, ending its run in the Dixie Boys World Series at Burton Wells Park.
"We never hit the ball today," Beaufort coach Jim Pike said. "We never got a big hit. We hit the ball hard, but it would go right at them all the time. ... That's how baseball is."
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North Carolina scored eight runs in the first inning and took a 15-0 lead before Beaufort rallied to stave off the mercy rule.
Beaufort's second game of the day didn't get off to a great start, either. Louisiana scored two runs in the first inning to chase starter Alex Tokar and had the bases loaded before Mattison Pike worked out of the jam.
Pike drove in a run in the third to make it 2-1, but Louisiana's Wesley Moss answered with a solo homer an inning later and the state champions from Bossier City added two in the fifth and broke it open with four in the sixth to fight off elimination for a third consecutive game.
In its first game of the day, Louisiana held off Florida for a 5-4 win, ending the game by cutting down the tying run at the plate after a wild pitch.
Louisiana right-hander Andrew Maxey shut down Beaufort -- which had scored 33 runs in its previous three games -- allowing six hits and striking out six in a complete game.
"My breaking stuff was a little better than it normally is, and I could tell our defense was ready to play and our bats were ready," Maxey said.
Louisiana will need a couple more strong performances today to claim the title, though. With one loss, it will have to beat undefeated North Carolina twice for the championship.
"We play best with our backs against the wall," Maxey said. "I think if we pitch the way we've been pitching the whole time, we'll be fine."
North Carolina 19, Beaufort 10
South Carolina 4, Mississippi 3 (9 innings)
Louisiana 5, Florida 4
North Carolina 4, South Carolina 1
Louisiana 11, Beaufort 1
North Carolina vs. Louisiana, 5 p.m.
North Carolina vs. Louisiana, 8 p.m. (if necessary)
Note: Louisiana must beat North Carolina twice to win the championship