SENECA -- The home run derby champ found his power stroke again Monday.
Beaufort's Tony Nolan, who smashed nine homers in the power hitting contest Friday, hit his first two home runs of the Dixie Boys World Series on Monday, helping the Beaufort all-stars win twice and stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.
Nolan jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Georgia's Kane Keith, tying the game at 2 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, and Beaufort eventually won 3-2 on a sacrifice fly from Rob Dennis.
"As soon as he hit it, I saw his face light up," Dennis said of Nolan's homer, "and I knew it was gone."
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The Beaufort shortstop provided more heroics in the nightcap, hitting a two-run shot to give Beaufort a 3-2 lead in the third inning of a 6-5 win over Mississippi.
"I've been putting the ball in play and hitting the ball hard, but I just didn't have the home run swing," Nolan said. "I found it today."
With its 3-2 victory over Georgia on Monday morning and a 6-5 win over Mississippi in the evening, Beaufort moved past Texas for the tournament lead with three one-run wins.
Beaufort also beat Arkansas by a single tally Saturday, winning 5-4. Texas won its first two games of the tournament by one run, knocking off Virginia and Georgia.
Virginia and Georgia also played two one-run games in the tourney, but Virginia went 1-1 in those contests and Georgia came out on the wrong end of both.
Several players on Beaufort's all-star team were happy to play twice Monday, because it kept them from practicing twice today -- on the football field.
Two-a-day football practices at Beaufort High School started Monday, so a few Beaufort players are hoping to prolong their stay in Seneca for as long as possible.
"We need to keep winning so we don't have to go back yet," Rob Dennis said. "It's too hot for two-a-days."