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Elliott Strikes Out 15 In Dixie Boys Win

Seth Elliott struck out 15 batters in seven innings and finished with a two-hit shutout, as the Halifax County Dixie Boys all-stars improved to 2-0 in the Virginia Dixie Boys State Tournament with a 7-0 win over Charlotte County on Saturday. Halifax County has shut out both its opponents thus far in the tournament, with Elliott’s effort Saturday following an eight-strikeout, one-hit performance by Halifax hurler Ryan Powell in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Pulaski County.

Halifax County 7 Charlotte County 0

Halifax finished with nine hits against Charlotte County, with Powell hitting two singles, Michael Watts a double, and Will Harris, Elliott, Hunter Watts, Chase Wilkerson, Tyler Wall and Josh Irby each hitting a single.

Watts’ double capped a four-run first inning that staked Elliott to an early lead.  Harris and Elliott singled to start the game and Tyler Stephens followed with a walk.

Justin Womack hit a sacrifice groundout, Watts doubled and Wilkerson reached base after being hit by a pitch.

Harris, Stephens, Watts and Wilkerson each stole a base and two wild pitches and a passed ball helped Halifax to the early advantage.

Halifax County added two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to complete the scoring, with Powell and Irby getting base hits and scoring with the help of a stolen base and Charlotte County miscues in the sixth inning.

Elliott walked to start the seventh, and Watts, Wilkerson and Powell singled to produce the final run of the game.

Elliott, who did not walk a batter, struck out the side in the second and fifth innings and struck out three batters in the sixth inning, where Charlotte County got both its hits, singles from Derek Horvath and Justin Shepherd.

Halifax County 6 Pulaski County 0

Powell pitched a complete game one-hitter and the Halifax County Dixie Boys all-stars scored three runs each in the first and fourth innings to beat Pulaski County 6-0 Friday in the Dixie Boys State Tournament at the Day Complex.

Halifax finished with six hits for the game, Stephens (RBI) with two base hits and a run scored, Elliott with a two-run triple, Womack with a double and RBI sacrifice fly, Wilkerson an RBI double and Wall with a base hit.

Halifax staked Powell to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with one-out walks to Elliott and Stephens, who each advanced on a wild pitch before Womack hit his RBI sacrifice fly.

Stephens scored on a passed ball, Watts walked and Wilkerson smacked a double to make it 3-0.

Stephens and Womack singled in the third inning, but Halifax did not score until the fourth when Josh Irby reached after being hit by a pitch with two outs.

Harris reached base on an error before Elliott slammed a two-run triple and Stephens followed with a base hit to plate Elliott.

That made it 6-0, and that was more than enough run support for Powell, who allowed one hit while striking out eight batters and walking one. 

Two Pulaski base runners reached base after being hit by a pitch, but the Halifax defense turned two double plays, one in the sixth inning when shortstop Elliott snared a one-out line drive and doubled a Pulaski base runner off second.

The second double play came with one out in the seventh inning when Halifax snuffed out a Pulaski attempt at a hit-and run.

With a Pulaski runner at first base, Powell struck out his final batter of the game and Halifax catcher Michael Watts threw out the base runner attempting to steal second to end the game.