By RYAN HERMAN
The elementary school-aged kids from Boger City Optimist toured the Duck Commander warehouse, made famous by the reality television series “Duck Dynasty,” on Monday.
Today, they’ll continue their quest for an 8-under Dixie Darlings softball world series title.
The Boger City Optimist all-star team entered play Tuesday night in Alexandria, La., as one of two teams left without a loss. Although it fell to Louisiana-Sabine, 5-4, in the winners’ bracket final, the team still has a shot at winning a national championship.
Boger City will face Tennessee at 6 p.m. local time today in an elimination game, with the winner advancing to Thursday’s national championship game, or games.
“We are extremely proud of our girls thus far,” coach Shane Huss told the Lincoln Times-News in an email.
By virtue of its wins on Saturday and Sunday –– a 13-12 win over South Carolina and a 26-15 mercy-rule victory over the host team –– Boger City earned an off-day on Monday, and spent it where the majority of the popular cable network A&E show is filmed. The show is based on Christian values, and so is Boger City’s current run.
Huss said the team’s devotional on Sunday was from the story of David and Goliath.
Huss said his team is playing the role of David well.
“We knew going into this tournament that not a lot of the other states knew a lot about us or the Boger City program,” Huss said. “We had a Sunday service about how David defeated the mighty giant Goliath … and we have embraced the role of David.”
Boger City had to rally from behind on Saturday to advance.
The team jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a three-run home run by Ellie Huss, and it maintained that lead until South Carolina scored six runs in the fifth inning to go ahead 12-8.
Maggie Price hit a walk-off single that scored Tessa Hunt for N.C.’s first win in a world series tournament, Huss said.
On Sunday, Alexandria’s six world championship banners hanging on its home fence weren’t enough to deter Boger City.
The team scored seven runs in the second inning to go up 8-3 and never looked back. Erin Homesley ended the game on an inside-the-park home run.
Through the first two games Ellie Huss was 7-for-7 with a home run, Price was 5-for-5, Sydney Hudson was 6-for-7 and Hunt was 5-for-6.
Tonight’s game can be heard and seen live at the website Jockjive.com.