- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Arthur Joe Watts hit his fourth home run of the tournament, Kory Lennon struck out 10 batters in four innings, and Scottsburg completed an unbeaten run through the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 West Sub-District title Monday with a 13-3 win over Halifax County South (HCS). Watts finished with three RBI’s for the game for Scottsburg, while Lennon added two doubles and a single, Layne Shiflet a triple and a double.
Shane Hatcher had three singles, Jermaine Vaughters two base hits and Jacob McKinney, Jo Jo Cassada and Zack Chappell a base hit apiece for Scottsburg, which outscored its opponents by a 35-5 margin in three games.
Jake Brown slugged a double and Jacob Reeves and Josh Brown each added a base hit for HCS, which scored three runs in the fourth inning on Hughes’ double, Brown’s single and walks to R.J. Oliver and Jacob Young.
Oliver walked a second time in the second inning and Petey Dickerson also drew a walk for HCS in the third, but HCS could not break through for enough runs to challenge Scottsburg, which scored four runs in the first inning.
Hatcher singled, Shiflet tripled, Lennon doubled and Kelonte Gutrich reached base after being hit by a pitch before a McKinney single made it 4-0.
Scottsburg made it 7-0 in the third inning when Hatcher singled, Shiflet reached on a fielder’s choice and Watts homered. Lennon followed with a triple and Vaughters with a base hit to plate the final run of the inning.
HCS edged closer in the top half of the fourth inning when Brown singled, Hughes doubled and Oliver walked to load the bases, and all three scored on passed balls or wild pitches to make it 7-3.
Six runs in the bottom of the fourth ended the game, with Dakota Loftis reaching base on an error, Cassada hitting a single and Chappell drawing a walk before a single by Hatcher, double by Shitlet, RBI groundout by Watts, double by Lennon and single by Vaughters ended the game.
Lennon struck out 10 batters and walked four while pitching all four innings for Scottsburg, while Oliver and Hughes shared mound duties for HCS.
Oliver struck out four batters and walked one in three innings for HCS.
Scottsburg clinched a berth in the DYB Virginia State Major League Tournament with the win. The state tournament begins July 23 in Lunenburg.
HCS 15 South Boston 5 (Sunday)
Daquan Ferrell slugged a home run and HCS pounded out 16 hits to stave off elimination with a 15-5 rout of South Boston.
Oliver finished with a double and two base hits, Tanner Bennett and Michael Gray with a double and single apiece, Josh Brown and Reeves with two base hits apiece and Young and Adam Throckmorton with base hits in addition to Ferrell’s home run.
Marcio Garza and Will Miller led South Boston with two hits apiece, while Tripp Womack, Ramel Hill, Jamey Binner and Holt Powell added base hits.
Hits by Brown, Oliver, Young and Reeves helped HCS take a 4-0 lead after one inning and South Boston got hits from Hill, Garza, Miller, Binner and Powell to make it 4-3 in the top of the second before Ferrell’s solo home run made it 5-3 after two innings.
HCS scored 10 runs off 11 hits in the third inning, with Gray, Hughes, Oliver and Bennett each hitting a double and single and Brown, Throckmorton and Reeves each adding a base hit.
That make it 15-3 and South Boston added its final runs in the top of the fourth on singles by Womack, Garza and Miller, along with a walk to Hill.
Throckmorton got the win for HCS with six strikeouts in four innings of work, while DeShane Davis struck out four batters in three innings for South Boston.