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Pre-Majors Come Up Short

After an opening game loss, the South Boston Pre-Majors all-stars built enough momentum to make it to the Dixie Pre-Majors State Tournament championship game, but their solid run to the title came up just short with a 6-3 loss to Amelia on Wednesday. Each team had nine hits in the championship game, with William Worley hitting a solo home run, and Jacob New and Derek Conner each hitting two singles in three plate appearances.

Ryan Yates hit a first-inning double, Tyler Dunn a third-inning double and Nick Anderson and Joe Martin singles.

Amelia scored two runs in the top of the first inning off a pair of doubles and a wild pitch, and Halifax countered in its first at-bat with a run when Yates doubled and later scored on Anderson’s RBI groundout.

Four base hits and a walk helped give Amelia a 5-1 lead in the top of the third, and Halifax added a run in the bottom of the inning on Dunn’s leadoff double and singles from Anderson and Martin.

Worley hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut his team’s deficit to 5-3, but Amelia added a run in the sixth inning on a leadoff double, flyout and wild pitch.

Amelia subsequently loaded the bases on two base hits and a walk with two outs, but Halifax got out of the jam with a groundout to stay close.

Trailing 6-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Halifax County was retired in order to end the game.

Worley and Patrick Barton shared mound duty for Halifax County in the state championship game.

Worley allowed five runs on six hits and struck out four batters and walked three in two and one-third innings of work.

Barton allowed one run on three hits and struck out six batters and walked four in four and two-thirds innings.

Dillon Weaver got the win for Amelia, pitching seven innings and finishing with nine strikeouts and no walks.