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South Hill looks to get upper hand in tourney

South Hill is looking to get the upper hand in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball League O-Zone Tournament being played at the Day Complex in South Boston.

South Boston American, on the other hand, is battling for survival.

The two teams were scheduled to meet last night, weather permitting, with South Boston American fighting to stave off elimination and South Hill trying to solidify itself as the lone unbeaten team.

Scottsburg won its opening game, defeating South Boston American 10-6 Saturday morning in a game that was pushed back after a thunderstorm washed out the game Friday night.

On Saturday night, South Hill defeated Scottsburg 12-1 in a game stopped under a slaughter rule after Scottsburg batted in the top of the fourth inning.

Those games set the stage for last night’s contest.

Scottsburg jumped on top in the first inning of Saturday morning’s game against South Boston American and never lost the lead.

Jaxon Lloyd and Ben Irby got on base with walks. Lloyd stole home for the first run and K-Von Scott had a run-scoring hit to put Scottsburg up 2-0.

South Boston got a leadoff single from Zy’Liek Perkins, who scored on a hit from Shabazz Buster to make it a 2-01 score.

Two runs by Scottsburg in the top of the third inning made it a 4-1 game and a run-scoring hit by Kyle Barker in the top of the fourth inning put Scottsburg up 5-1.

South Boston picked up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning with the help of a double from Perkins to make it a 5-3 score, only to see Scottsburg answer with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, the first coming on a homer from Leo Noblin, to extend its lead to 7-3.

While South Boston made the game interesting with two runs in the bottom of the frame to get within two runs at 7-5, two South Boston errors and a two-RBI double from Lloyd helped Scottsburg score three runs in the top of the sixth inning to make it a 10-5 score.

A run-scoring hit from Nicholas Carey accounted for South Boston’s final run of the game.

Scottsburg had eight hits with Lloyd, Scott and Barker getting two hits each. Noblin and Irby had one hit each.

South Boston had eight hits in the contest with Buster and Perkins leading the team with two hits each. Brandon Davis, who had a homer in the fifth inning, Carey, Chase Powell and Xavier Johnson-Carr had one hit each.

While Scottsburg was able to handle South Boston in Saturday’s opener, it was unable to challenge South Hill in Saturday night’s contest.

South Hill jumped to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after Scottsburg loaded the sacks and failed to score in the top of the inning. 

Scottsburg scored its lone run of the game in the top of the second inning when Michael Dease walked and scored on a hit by Nicholas Hamlett to make the score 5-1.

South Hill added a run in the bottom of the second inning to make the score 6-1 and added six more in the bottom of the third inning to put the game out of reach.

Scottsburg had only two hits, with Hamlett and Noblin getting one each. 

South Hill had 10 hits with Montrel Alexander and Kyle Tanner getting two hits each to lead the offense.