Greenville's 13-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars made some baseball magic in the late innings of their World Series semifinal in Westfield, Mass., on Wednesday night.
Trailing by four runs to Meridian, Miss., after five innings, the Southeast representative rallied first to tie the game in the sixth and then win it in thrilling walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh, 7-6.
The Greenville club will square off against undefeated Fargo, N.D., for the World Series title at 6 o'clock tonight. The game can be watched on a live stream at www.westfieldworldseries.com.
With the game knotted at 6-6 in the seventh, Alex Popovich walked on four pitches to lead off the inning and took second on a wild pitch. After another walk, pinch hitter Caleb Overby dropped a bunt down the first base line, and the throw to first went wide, allowing Popovich to race home from third with the winning run and set off a wild celebration behind home plate.
The Southeast representative led 2-0 early in the contest before Meridian rallied into a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead in the top of the fifth.
Cannon Graham rocketed a double into right-center field that initially scored two key Meridian runs in the fourth-run fifth, and the throw to the plate reached the backstop to allow another run to score to make it 5-2 in favor of the Southwest reps.
Another Meridian single in the fifth brought Graham home to make it 6-2.
Greenville immediately trimmed the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom of the frame when Popovich led off with a double, stole third and came home on a fielder's choice, and the rally continued in a big way with three Greenville runs storming home to tie the game in the sixth.