Rob Dennis plays first base for Beaufort's all-star team, which is playing in the Dixie Boys World Series in Seneca. Each day of the tournament, a player will share his experience with The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet with a diary.
It was a crazy day, but we managed to win two close games to stay alive.
We know if we're going to keep winning, everybody is going to have to do their part, and I was happy to help out in the first game Monday against Georgia.
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I was on deck in the ninth inning when Georgia decided to walk Shane Dixon to load the bases and bring me up.
That put a little pressure on me, but that's what you play the game for. Baseball players dream about getting to do something like that, and we did it.
I was 0-for-3 going into that at-bat, but I hit the ball hard pretty much every time, so I knew all I needed to do was hit another hard shot somewhere. I knew if I hit it hard somewhere, that probably would win the game for us, so I just wanted to hit a fly ball.
They had been working the outside corner all day, so I kind of crowded the plate a little bit. He threw me one low and outside, and I just took it to right field. I knew it was deep enough for David to score.
We pulled out another close one in the evening against Mississippi, and everybody was coming up big. Joel Fickes, Shane and Luke Smith pitched great, and Luke and Tony Nolan hit homers.
We're just happy to be playing another day, and we want to keep going as long as we can.