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Dixie Junior Boys Claim State Crown

Ben Majors’ two-run base hit in the bottom of the fifth inning produced the runs needed to beat Grayson County 16-6 and propel the Halifax County Jr. Boys all-stars to a Dixie Jr. Boys state title and a trip to the Dixie Jr. Boys World Series. Halifax scored 11 runs its last two at-bats to pull away from a scrappy Grayson County team that took an early 1-0 lead on a walk and two-out double in the top of the first, but Halifax answered with a leadoff triple by Adrian Moran, RBI single by Tristan Howerton, RBI groundout by Dustin Crews and RBI double by Tripp Bennett.

Grayson County tied the score in the top of the second on two walks and a two-run base hit, and Halifax took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame when Kaleb Pope singled and later scored on a RBI flyout by Moran.

Crews walked, Bennett singled and Major walked, with Crews eventually scoring on a wild pitch to make it 5-3 after three innings, and Halifax posted seven runs on three hits in the fourth, taking advantage of walks to Ethan Woltz, Pope and Drew Link, a single by Moran, two-run triple by Bennett and RBI single by Ryan Tomlinson.

Grayson County cut the Halifax lead to 12-6 in the top of the fifth with three runs on five hits and a walk, but Halifax ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with four runs, coming on a walk to Howerton, RBI double by Crews, and walks to Bennett, Tomlinson and Woltz before Majors’ game-ending hit.

Thomas Cole, Howerton and Crews shared mound duties for Halifax, with Howerton striking out six, Cole four and Crews one batter.

Halifax County will represent Virginia in the Dixie Jr. Boys World Series, beginning July 31 in Dothan, Alabama, and for each player and coach it will be their first World Series appearance.

“Me and Ricky (Nelson) have been trying for 18-19 years,” commented Halifax County manager Harold Carmichael.

“We’ve come so close and had some outstanding teams (at HCS), but never could knock the door in because we always seemed to run into a team that was a little better, or we were a little short in pitching, whatever.

“But, when you combine all the leagues in the county, that’s what usually puts us over the top.

“We were fortunate at Halifax County South to go to three state tournaments and for some of these boys this was their fifth state tournament.

“They finally kicked that door in and got that state championship, so we’re really proud of those boys.”

Carmichael also praised the efforts of assistant coach Eddie Woltz in helping prepare the Jr. Boys playing field for play during the tournament.

“He has worked tirelessly for three weeks to get the field in the great shape it is in.  He did most of the work after practice every night, then had to be up and at work by 5 a.m.

“That is dedication.”

Tomlinson No-Hitter Helps Beat Grayson Co.

Tomlinson tossed a no-hitter and Howerton, Bennett and Major each homered, as the Halifax County Dixie Jr. Boys all-stars came one step closer to a state championship with a 10-0 win over Grayson County.

Tomlinson pitched no-hit ball through five innings, and his teammates responded with a run in the first on Howerton’s solo home run, which ticked the top of the fence in deep center field before falling over.

Major doubled in the second and scored on Link’s RBI double, and Crews singled, stole second and late scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to make it 3-0.

A six-run fourth made it 9-0, with Tomlinson hitting a double, Major a two-run homer, Moran and Howerton drawing walks, Crews hitting a double and Bennett a home run.

Tomlinson reached on an error, Major walked and Moran singled in the fifth to make it 10-0 and end the game under the mercy rule.

Tomlinson struck out seven batters and walked none in five innings of work, with only one Grayson County batter reaching base, that after being hit by a pitch in the second inning.