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Halifax, HC South Battle For Crown

Defending champion Halifax and Halifax County South were set to continue their battle last night at the Day Complex for the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA League (Minor League) West Sub-District Tournament championship. A thunderstorm packing lightning forced tournament officials to stop Monday night’s game between the two teams in the top of the fifth inning with Halifax County South holding an 8-1 lead.

The game was scheduled to resume last night. If Halifax County South prevails in that game, the teams were set to take a break and square off again in what would be the tournament championship game.

Halifax was undefeated entering Monday night’s game. Halifax County South defeated Scottsburg 13-2 Sunday night in four innings in an elimination game to advance to Monday night’s contest.

In Monday’s game, Halifax County South jumped on top early with three runs in the second inning with two runners, Patrick Salley and Jacob Sanford, scoring on passed balls.

Halifax cut its deficit to two runs with a run in the bottom of the inning. Cedric Jennings walked and later scored to make the score 3-1.
Halifax County South answered with a run in the top of the third inning that came when Dylan Clark opened with a single and scored on a double by Dylan Collie.

Leading 4-1, Halifax County South scored three more runs in the top of the fourth inning on an inside-the-park homer by Sanford to take a 7-1 lead.

A run in the fifth inning put Halifax County South up 8-1. Hunter Watts laced a hard-hit single to right field and raced to second base on an error on the play. Collie scored Watts with a double to deep centerfield, giving his team a seven-run cushion before the lightning and ensuing thunderstorm forced the game to be stopped with Halifax County South batting with two runners on the sacks and nobody out.

Halifax County South’s momentum in that game was a carryover from the previous night when it defeated Scottsburg 13-2 in four innings.

Three runs in the top of the first inning gave Halifax County South the early edge. Scottsburg made it a two-run game by scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning.

Zander Strohm opened the inning for Scottsburg with a single and scored on a hit by Evan Irby.

Halifax County South came back with five runs in its half of the third inning to take an 8-1 lead. Five more runs in the top of the fourth inning gave Halifax County South to a commanding 13-1 lead.

Scottsburg scratched up a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but it was not enough to keep the game going.

Clay Lloyd opened with a single and scored to give Scottsburg its second and final run of the game.

Halifax County South had eight hits in the game with Hunter Watts and Drew Lester each getting two hits to lead the team. Collie, Eric Brandon, Salley and Dawson Watts each had one hit.

Scottsburg had three hits with Lloyd, Strohm and Irby each getting one hit.