Welcome to the second day of the 2007 Dixie Boys Baseball World Series.
Tonight is the battle of South Carolina as Aiken, the host team, takes on Union, the South Carolina state champs. We're just now underway with Union as the home team.
Here's a pregame observation: Obviously, the parking lot is filled with team spirit. Window paint and shoe polish cover a large portion of the minivan windows out there with the usual "World Series Bound" and "Go State Champs" messages.
One look at field No. 8 in Citizens Park in Aiken is all it took to confirm that Aiken isn't the host team in name only. The home team has a fan base that outnumbers any of the 12 state championship teams here to compete for a Dixie World Series title.
The visiting team, Texas, brought a handful of faithful fans. Obviously, they made the longest drive of any other team here. That being said, they hope to stay here as long as they can.
Technical difficulties in the Citizens Park press box have made it a tough task to reach the Internet for the opening round of the 2007 Dixie Boys Baseball World Series.
Those problems have been overcome now, but the Columbia County squad, representing the state of Georgia, is running into some technical difficulties of its own against first-round opponent Alabama.
Georgia is down 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Alabama's Colt Buttram lined a shot down the left field line for an RBI single in the first inning for the game's only score.