Virginia Goes 1-1 in First Two Days of World Series

August 7, 2007, Madison Heights, VA --- The Blacksburg 9-10 All-Stars, Virginia's representative in the AAA World Series, went 1-1 in its first two days of World Series play. On the opening day, Virginia lost 12-0 to Alabama, who has won the last four World Series. The Alabama team is from Pratville and is widely considered to be one of the top youth programs in the country. In day two, Virginia beat Florida 4-2. Thomas Hughes pitched all six innings and held Florida to two hits, both of which came in the top of the 6th. Virginia scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the third. Offensively, Virginia was led by Adam Linkous and Ethan Goforth who both had key hits in the third to drive in runs. Linkous's RBI was the first of the game, and Goforth's hit was with bases loaded. Virginia advances to play the loser of Tennessee and Louisiana. Salem's 11-12 year old team, Virginia's Majors representative, lost 8-0 to North Carolina and is eliminated. Salem failed to score a run in World Series play.

Andrew Guy, Hal Hughes, and Thomas Hughes enjoy all their new WS gear.

Pete Hughes conducts soft toss during the team warm-up next to the complex.

Blacksburg fans begin to arrive.

Our fantastic "host family" Larry Moore, his wife Rhonda, and their son.

Double play combo of Hughes and Hughes.

The two starting pitchers of game 1.

More early arrival of fans. The L'burg Advance reported 8,000 fans by 7PM.

This Alabama player had two homeruns...One that cleared by 50 ft.

Brad Epperley tries to see around Channel 13.

The Commissioner of Dixie Youth Baseball, Wes Skelton.

11-12 O-Zone players Tyler Remsen and Gabe Dascanio are on hand to support the minors team.

Channel 10's Chris Whitley speaks to Mike Goforth after game 1.

The Blacksburg bat bags are lined up and ready to go for game 2.

Manager Mike Goforth and League President Don Gresh pose for a quick photo.

Christiansburg's Steve and Nate Hiner drop in to say "good luck" vs. Florida.

The two starting pitchers for game 2.

Thomas Hughes pitched a 2 hitter in game 2 to defeat Florida 4-2.

Many of the Blacksburg crowd huddle near the shade as temps reached almost 100.

Adam Linkous's hit to right would score the first run of the game.

Andrew Guy scores the first Blacksburg run in World Series history!

Pete Hughes and Todd Linkous ham it up for the photographer.

John Hinson records the last out of the game.

After being eliminated, Florida removes their state flag from the outfield fence, per Dixie tradition.

Florida team members receive a Dixie Youth World Series Medal.

Final Game Scoreboards from Madison Heights Live Scores

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