Maybe it was nerves that cost the N.C. Dixie Youth All-Stars their first World Series loss on Sunday, or perhaps it was just the opposite.
Dunn’s Majors (12U) Dixie Youth state champions fell 14-8 to Georgia on Sunday evening and head baseball coach Charlie Stevens has a theory as to why.
“This was the first game in 14 games, and over one month of district, state and — now — World Series, that we played a bad game. They came out flat and stayed flat,” Stevens said, “I’m not sure, but I think the win over Texas may have hurt us more than helped us.”
Stevens thinks his team wasn’t focused because of how they won so handedly in round one, saying they “thought they could just walk on the field and win.”
Dunn’s state champs managed eight total hits on Sunday. Jalen Evans had two hits; Wyatt Lucas, Ross Stevens, Anthony Jones, John Nelson McLamb, Jamari Thompson and Jax Woodall each had one hit apiece.
He admitted that his team made some mental mistakes on the field that he hasn’t seen them make in years. “I told the boys to go home and look in the mirror and ask it a few questions and (Monday), before the game, they have to tell me what it said back,” Stevens said. “Not to take anything from Georgia (but) Georgia did not beat us, we beat ourselves. It’s a game to forget and hope that we can play them again.”
The Majors were scheduled to play against Mississippi yesterday evening at 5:45. If they won that game, they face the winner of Lumberton and Virginia today at 3:30 p.m. If they lost, they have been eliminated.