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Halifax County South Cal Ripken Major all-stars capture state title

Brock Poole pitched a four-hitter, and the Halifax County South Cal Ripken Baseball Major League all-stars scored all seven of their runs in the first two innings to defeat Rockbridge 7-2 for the Cal Ripken Major League state title Sunday in Crimora, Virginia.

Halifax County South won all four of its games at the state tournament, defeating Gloucester 7-1 in its opener and Northeast Augusta 9-2 in its second game.

Halifax County South defeated Rockbridge 5-2 in its third game before wrapping up the state title with the 7-2 win over Rockbridge.


HCS 7 Rockbridge 2

Joey Duffer went 3-4, and Will Wallace and Drew Lester added two hits apiece, including a double from Wallace in the title-clinching game.

Nathan Phillips added a triple, and Evan Clark and Luke Fulcher base hits for HCS, which scored four runs off hits from Duffer, Wallace and Fulcher, and a triple by Phillips in the first inning.

Duffer and Wallace doubled, and Lester singled in a three-run second inning that made it 7-0.

Duffer singled in the fourth, and Clark singled in the fifth inning for HCS, which got a sixth-inning single from Lester in the win.

Poole hurled all six innings to get the win, scattering four hits while striking out six batters.

Rockbridge scored both its runs off a six-inning two-run homer.


HCS 5 Rockbridge 2

Halifax County South pulled away from a 2-2 tie after two innings with three runs in the final four frames for a 5-2 win.

HCS scored two runs in the first inning off a walk, hit batsman and hits from Brock Poole and Wallace.

Rockbridge scored one run off one hit and a passed ball in the first inning, and it tied the score with a run off a single and double in the second.

HCS notched a run off a solo home run by Lester in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead, an inning where Wallace hit a single, and it scored its final two runs in the fifth inning.

Lester hit a leadoff single and Wallace reached base on a fielder’s choice, with both runners scoring after a walk to Fulcher, sacrifice by Phillips and a base hit by Jasper Poole.

Brock Poole singled in the sixth inning for HCS’s other hit.

Wallace pitched five innings and Lester the sixth inning for HCS, with Wallace allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven batters.

Lester allowed one hit while striking out three batters in his one inning of relief.


HCS 9 Northeast Augusta 2

Wallace slugged a grand slam home run, and Lester hit a solo round tripper in the win for HCS in the second game of the tournament 

Northeast Augusta scored first and last, but Halifax County South plated nine runs in-between to win the game.

Trailing 1-0 after a solo home in the top of the first inning, HCS rallied for two runs in the top of the second when Dylan Newton reached on an error, Phillips hit an RBI triple and Jamie Wilkins followed with an RBI single.

A solo homer by Lester, double by Wallace and double by Fulcher made it 4-1, and HCS added a run in the fourth inning singles by Brock Poole, Duffer and Wallace for a 5-1 lead.

Poole, Duffer and Lester singled ahead of Wallace’s grand slam home run in the sixth inning before Fulcher singled for the final hit of the game for HCS.

Lester pitched the first five innings for HCS, allowing only the leadoff home run, and he struck out 12 batters.

Poole allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth but retired three of the four other batters he faced to get the save.


HCS 7 Gloucester 1

Lester hit the first of his three home runs for the tournament, and Duffer had a three-hit game in the opening game win over Gloucester.

Duffer singled ahead of Lester’s home run in the first, and Fulcher added another hit, as HCS took a 2-0 lead.

Singles by Jasper Poole, Wilkins and Duffer, along with a triple by Phillips helped give HCS a 5-0 lead after two innings.

Gloucester scored its run off a walk, hit and fielder’s choice in the third, but HCS added single runs in the fifth innings, scoring in the fifth when Duffer singled and scored after Lester reached on a fielder’s choice and Fulcher reached base.

HCS scored its final run in the sixth on singles by Evan Clark and Brock Poole.

Wallace and Poole each hurled three innings for HCS, with Wallace giving up three hits while striking out six batters.

Poole faced the minimum of nine batters in the final three innings, finishing with five strikeouts.