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Halifax In Driver’s Seat

For the second straight year, Halifax is in the driver’s seat in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA League (Minor League) West Sub-District Tournament.

Halifax, the defending tournament champion, put together strong back-to-back performances in downing South Boston 15-4 on Friday and edging Scottsburg 14-11 Saturday night at the Day Complex in South Boston to put itself into tonight’s championship round.

Tonight at 7 p.m. Halifax will face the winner of last night’s elimination game between Halifax County South and Scottsburg. Details of last night’s game were not available as the game started after last night’s press deadline.

A win by Halifax tonight will propel it into the best-of-three-game playoff series against the East sub-district winner to determine the district championship. If Halifax loses tonight, it will face tonight’s opponent again Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in what would become the tournament championship game.

The playoff series for the district championship will be played this coming weekend.

South Boston was the first team to be eliminated from the double-elimination tournament. On Friday night, South Boston fell to Halifax 15-4. Halifax County South defeated South Boston 27-3 on Saturday night in an elimination game.

Game 1 –Scottsburg 21 Halifax County South 15

Friday night’s tournament opener was a wild one with Scottsburg rattling off nine runs in its first trip to the plate and adding six more runs in the second inning to take a commanding 15-6 lead after the first two innings.

Halifax rallied to close to within two runs after four innings, but Scottsburg picked up a run in the fifth inning and used four more runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Scottsburg had 11 hits in the contest with Zander Strohm leading the way with three hits. Clay Lloyd, Josh Barker and Grant Brizendine had two hits each. Evan Irby and Gabe Damiano had a hit each.

Nine walks from the Halifax County South pitchers and six Halifax County South errors also contributed to Scottsburg’s win.

Halifax County South had 10 hits in the contest with Dylan Clark and Eric Brandon pacing the team with two hits each. Hunter Watts, Drew Lester, Patrick Salley, Dylan Collie, John Conner, William Jacobs and Aaron Perkins all had one hit.

A pair of Scottsburg errors and 13 walks from Scottsburg’s pitchers also aided Halifax County South’s effort.

Game 2 – Halifax 15 South Boston 4 (4 Innings)

Halifax jumped on top with three runs in the first inning and ran away to a 15-4 win over South Boston in a game that was stopped after four innings under a mercy rule.

While Halifax had eight hits in the contest, but the bulk of the damage to South Boston’s effort resulted from the nine walks allowed by South Boston pitchers and two South Boston errors.

Dillon Davis and Brayden Moore had a perfect night at the plate with Davis going 4-for-4 effort and Moore going 3-for-3. K’saan Preston had one hit.

South Boston had only three hits in the game with Dylan Stolzenthaler, Evan McNamee and Lance Chappell getting one hit each.

Six walks from the Halifax pitching staff and one Halifax error also helped South Boston.

Game 3 – Saturday – Halifax County South 27 South Boston 3

As the score indicates, it was a long night for South Boston as it became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament.

Halifax County South pounded South Boston’s pitchers with 19 hits and took advantage of the 14 walks allowed by South Boston’s pitchers.

All but one player on the Halifax County South roster had at least one hit in the game with Hunter Watts and Conner leading the team with three hits apiece. Eric Brandon, Salley, Collie and Corey Brandon each had two hits. Clark, Dawson Watts, Drew Lester, Jacob Sanford and Jacobs all had one hit.

South Boston had five hits with Stolzenthaler leading the team with two hits. Kenneth Harris, Shykyle Simon and Jacob Wenzel had one hit each.

Halifax County South’s pitchers yielded only three walks and the winner’s committed only one error.

Game 4 – Saturday – Halifax 14 Scottsburg 11

Saturday’s nightcap was, by far, the best and most competitive game of the first two days of the tournament.

Halifax took advantage of three back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to break an 11-11 deadlock in the bottom of the fifth inning and shut down Scottsburg in the top of the sixth inning to score a 14-11 win and remain unbeaten in the tournament.

Scottsburg got the upper hand early with four runs in the top of the first inning. Halifax rallied in the bottom of the second inning to cut the deficit to a run and scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 7-4 lead.

Scottsburg got back into the game in the top of the fifth inning and tied the game at 11-11 when Gabe Damiano reached base on an error and Brad Snead scored on the play.

As it had done once before, Halifax rallied to get back on top and held on to clinch the win.

Halifax had eight hits in the contest with Preston leading the team with three hits. Davis, Moore, Seth Dawson, Jared Dawson and Jarrett Powell each had one hit.
Scottsburg yielded 14 walks and two errors in the game.

Scottsburg had 14 hits in the game with Lloyd and Shaun Perkins each getting three hits.

Scott Nester and Evan Irby had two hits apiece with Brizendine, Snead, and Jeffrey Cates each getting one hit.

Halifax hurlers allowed four walks and Halifax committed one error.