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HCS Takes DYB District 2 Minor League Title

Eric Brandon finished with a three-run double and single, William Jacobs a two-run single, Dylan Collie an RBI double and Dylan Clark an RBI single while Drew Lester and Patrick Salley added RBI’s, as the Halifax County South (HCS) Minor League (AAA) all-stars claimed the DYB District 2 Minor League title Monday with a 13-3 win in South Hill. HCS won two games in a row to win the best-of-three series after dropping the opener 9-8 in South Hill on Saturday.

HCS edged South Hill 11-10 the following day at home before completing the comeback Monday evening.

HCS 13 South Hill 3 (Championship)

A three-run double by Brandon and a RBI-single by Clark keyed a four-run third inning to help HCS pull away to a 13-3 win for the district title.

HCS finished with nine hits for the game, Brandon with a double and single, Clark with two base hits, Collie with a double and Hunter Watts, Dawson Watts, A.J. Perkins and William Jacobs with base hits.

Eric Brandon, Hunter Watts and Dawson Watts singled and Collie, Corey Brandon and Jacob Sanford walked in the top of the first, where Drew Lester hit an RBI groundout and Salley added another when he reached base on an error.

That gave HCS four runs and South Hill answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning on two doubles (Herbie Burgant, DeAndre Crutchfield), and two base hits (Chance Price, Josh Quinn).

A walk to John Conner, single by Perkins, two-run single by Jacobs, single by Clark, RBI double by Collie and a walk to Hunter Watts made it 7-3 after two innings and four runs in the third and two in the fourth helped HCS end the game under the mercy rule.

Walks to Conner, Corey Brandon and Sanford followed by a three-run double by Eric Brandon made it 11-3 after three innings and walks to Jacobs, Perkins, Conner, Sanford and Clark in the top of the fourth made it 13-3.

Collie and Dawson Watts shared pitching duties for HCS in the win, with Collie hurling the first three innings and Watts the fourth.

Collie did not allow a hit past the first inning and struck out three batters while Watts allowed one hit (Makhi Daves) in the fourth.

Daves was eventually tagged out at home while trying to score on a groundout for the final out of the game.

HCS 11 South Hill 10 (Sunday)

Lester’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning gave HCS an 11-10 win over South Hill on Sunday.

Lester finished with a double and two base hits to lead HCS, while Collie added a double and single, Salley and Eric Brandon two hits apiece, Hunter Watts a double and Clark, Dawson Watts and Corey Brandon a base hit apiece.

South Hill scored twice in its first at-bat on two HCS errors, Cameron Pearce’s single and Quinn’s groundout, and HCS responded with Lester’s double and base hits by Eric Brandon, Collie, Salley and Corey Brandon to give HCS a 4-2 lead.

South Hill used three base hits and four walks to help it score five runs in the third and HCS tied the score at 7-7 in the bottom of the inning on a walk to Clark, double by Hunter Watts and singles by Lester, Salley and Dawson Watts.

South Hill scored three runs on two base hits, three walks and a HCS error in the top of the fourth, and HCS got singles from Eric Brandon and Clark, a double by Collie, single by Lester and a walk to Salley to make it 10-10 going into the fifth inning.

HCS plated the run it needed to win the game in the sixth inning when Clark, Collie and Hunter Watts walked and Lester hit a sacrifice fly to end the game.

Salley started the game on the mound for HCS and hurled the first two and one-third innings before Hunter Watts came to the mound for the next one and one third innings.

Clark relieved for the top of the fourth and hurled the final three innings.

HCS pitching allowed seven hits while striking out a total of four South Hill batters.