Every kid dreams of having the chance to hit a walk-off home run in bottom of the last inning with the home team trailing in the championship game. Wes Harris' dream came true on Saturday.
With his team trailing by a run, Harris launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving the N. Texas Bulldogs a dramatic 3-1 comeback win over the Dallas Tigers in the U-10 Division title game at the National Youth Baseball Championships in Cordova, Tenn.
After being held off the scoreboard by Tigers pitcher Jake Whitbeck, the Bulldogs' first two hitters of the final inning reached base with a double and single to set up Harris, who in his previous at-bat, in the fourth inning, had broken up Whitbeck's no-hitter. Harris wasted no time, sending the first pitch from the Tigers right-hander well over the center-field wall, setting off a celebration at home plate.
The Tigers scored a run in the top of the first, taking advantage of an error to go in front, 1-0. Whitbeck made the lone run stand up until the sixth.
Just as impressive as Whitbeck was Bulldogs pitcher Kannon Brown, who threw a complete-game five-hitter and didn't allow a run to cross the plate after the first inning.
Dallas Tigers 7, Sandtown Red Sox (Ga.) 5
Dallas advanced to the U-10 Division championship game with a comeback win in the first semifinal of the day. Trailing, 4-2, the Tigers scored four times in the bottom of the third and once more in the fourth, then held off a sixth-inning rally by Sandtown.
The Tigers' Austin Upshaw and Ty Manning drove in all six runs for Dallas. The Nos. 4 and 5 hitters went a combined 3-for-6 with six RBIs to pave the way for an appearance in the title game.
N. Texas Bulldogs 6, W. Tenn. Wildcats 4
The N. Texas Bulldogs made it an all-Texas final, edging out the W. Tennessee Wildcats in the second semifinal.
Dylan Ditzenberger went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, as the Bulldogs' two-run third inning was the difference in the game. Ditzenberger threw two scoreless innings, striking out four of six batters faced in the final two frames to preserve the win.
Jason Grodsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.