- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County South Dixie Youth Baseball AAA League (Minor League) all-star team doesn’t get much time rest on its laurels. Halifax County South, which rebounded to top Halifax in two straight games to lock up the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 West Sub-District Tournament title Tuesday night at the Day Complex, now must face South Hill this weekend to determine the district title.
The best-of three-game playoff series starts Saturday at 2 p.m. with a game at Parker Field in South Hill. The second game will be played Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Halifax County South’s home field at Cluster Springs. If needed, a third and deciding game will be played Monday at 7 p.m. in South Hill.
Halifax County South overcame a major obstacle in coming out of the loser’s bracket to defeat last year’s sub-district champion Halifax in back-to-back games.
First, Halifax County South and Halifax had to come out on Tuesday night to finish the final two innings of their Monday night game, which was stopped by a thunderstorm.
Halifax County South prevailed 17-2 in that game, with its starting hurler, Dylan Collie, throwing a no-hitter. The game was stopped at the end of five innings under a mercy rule. After a 30-minute break, the teams squared off in the tournament championship game, a game Halifax County South won 20-9 in five innings.
Early on in the championship game, it appeared that Halifax regained some of the momentum it had lost in its previous meeting against Halifax County South. Brayden Moore got on with a hit and scored when Troy Ferrell reached base on an error to take a 1-0 lead.
Halifax County South came right back to score three runs and take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first inning. Dylan Clark walked and scored on a sacrifice fly to the outfield by Patrick Salley. Hunter Watts and Collie walked and scored on a double by Drew Lester to make the 3-1 score.
Corey Brandon walked and later scored on a passed ball to add a run for Halifax County South in the second inning to make it a 4-1 score.
Halifax tied the game at 4-4 with three runs in the top of the third inning, two of which scored on a hit by K’saan Preston. As it had done in the past, Halifax County South got back on top, this time with six runs in the bottom of the third inning to make it a 10-4 lead. Two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning gave Halifax County South a 12-4 lead.
Halifax kept its chances alive by scoring five runs in the top of the fifth inning, two of which came on a two-RBI triple by Ferrell, to cuts its deficit to three runs at 12-9. Just as quickly as Halifax got itself back into contention, the roof caved in. Eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning were enough to put Halifax County South over the top with a 20-9 lead and end the game under a mercy rule.
Halifax County South had 11 hits with Collie, Lester, Eric Brandon and Corey Brandon each getting two hits. Clark, Dawson Watts and Salley had one hit each.
There were seven hits on the Halifax side of the ledger with Moore leading the team with three hits. Ferrell, Preston, Seth Dawson and Chris Harris each had one hit.
In the game that was started on Monday night and completed on Tuesday, Collie had a big night throwing a no-hitter. He fanned seven batters and walked 10 and helped his own cause with two hits in the game.
Halifax County South had seven hits in the game with Clark, Lester, Hunter Watts, Jacob Sanford and Aaron Perkins each getting one hit. Sanford’s hit was an inside-the-park homer in the third inning.
Fourteen walks from Halifax pitchers and five Halifax errors also aided Halifax County South’s effort.