- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Scottsburg is in the driver’s seat in the Dixie Youth Baseball Major League District 2 West Sub-District Tournament after two big wins over the weekend, including an 11-1 win over Halifax County South (HCS) on Friday and a 11-2 win over South Boston on Saturday. South Boston and HCS are both 1-1 thus far, South Boston winning 6-3 over Halifax on Friday, and HCS winning 14-6 over Halifax on Saturday.
Halifax County South and South Boston tangled last night with the winner facing Scottsburg tonight, with Scottsburg needing one win to advance to the District Tournament championship round.
Scottsburg 11 South Boston 2 (Saturday)
Arthur Joe Watts and Jermaine Vaughters slugged home runs, Watts’ homer a solo shot in the first and Vaughters’ a two-run shot in the second, and Scottsburg banged out 12 hits to beat South Boston.
Layne Shiftlet had three hits and an RBI, Shane Hatcher a two-run single, Jo Jo Cassada an RBI double, Kory Lennon an RBI single and Nick Martin another RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Kelonte Gutrich smacked two doubles and Watts and Jacob McKinney each had a base hit for Scottsburg, which scored one run in the first inning, five in the second, and two runs each in the third and fourth innings before adding its final run in the fifth inning.
South Boston finished with three hits for the game, with Ramel Hill hitting a double, single and scoring both runs for his team.
R.J. Scott added a double and DeShane Davis an RBI groundout for South Boston, which scored single runs in the second and fifth innings.
McKinney got the win for Scottsburg on the mound, finishing with 10 strikeouts, while Will Miller and Rymel Windsor shared mound duties for South Boston.
Miller struck out three batters in one and two-thirds innings and Windsor fanned three in four and one-third innings of work.
HCS 14 Halifax 6 (Saturday)
HCS built an 8-1 lead after three innings and held off a late rally by Halifax to stay alive in the tourney with a 14-6 win.
Tanner Bennett had two hits and three RBIs, R.J. Oliver a two-run single, Josh Brown and Jake Hughes two hits and an RBI apiece and Michael Gray a hit and a RBI for HCS.
Jacob Young finished with two hits and a run scored and Jacob Reeves had a base hit for HCS, which scored three runs in the first inning, five in the third, four in the fourth and two runs in the sixth inning.
Evan Hardy and Ryan Sheedy each had a hit and two RBI’s for Halifax, which also got two base hits from Hunter Dawson and singles from Tyler Duffer, Andrew Abbott and Kaleb Cole.
Halifax scored one run in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth inning.
Hughes hurled the first four innings for HCS and Oliver the final two frames, with Hughes striking out six batters and Oliver fanning four.
Abbot hurled the first three and two-thirds innings for Halifax, and Sheedy the final two and one-third innings, with Abbott striking out six batters and Sheedy fanning four.
Scottsburg 11 HCS 1 (Friday)
Watts hit two home runs and Lennon tossed a two-hitter through five innings and helped his own cause with two hits and two runs scored in Scottsburg’s win.
Watts finished with three hits and four RBI’s, McKinney (double) with three hits and two RBI’s and Jermaine Vaughters with two hits and two RBI’s.
Nick Martin and Zack Chappell each had an RBI groundout, Shiflet two base hits and Gutrich, Chad Wilborne and Cassada a base hit apiece for Scottsburg which led 2-1 after three innings before pulling away with four runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth.
Petey Dickerson and Young each had a base hit for HCS, which scored its lone run in the third inning off a walk, wild pitch and base hit.
Lennon went the distance on the mound for Scottsburg, striking out 14 batters in five innings, while HCS used three pitchers.
Oliver pitched the first two innings, Hughes the next two and Bennett the final inning for HCS, with Oliver striking out two batters and Hughes one.
South Boston 6 Halifax 3 (Friday)
South Boston trailed 2-0 after one inning, took the lead for good with a three-run second, and went on to a 6-3 win over Halifax.
Tripp Womack finished with a two-run double for South Boston, while R.J. Scott had an RBI single and Holt Powell another RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Rymel Windsor (double) had two hits and Davis added another for South Boston, which scored three runs in the second, one in the fourth and two in the sixth inning.
Duffer had a double and two RBI’s, Kameron Screen a single and RBI and Tylik Powell and J.R. Midkiff base hits for Halifax, which scored two runs in the first and one run in the fifth.
Davis hurled all six innings to get the win for South Boston, striking out seven batters along the way.
Halifax used three pitchers in the game, with Cole, Powell and Duffer each hurling three innings. Duffer struck out three batters and Cole and Powell fanned two batters apiece.