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Jr. Boys Rally In Opener

The Halifax County Dixie Jr. Boys all-stars found themselves trailing Troup County, Georgia, 5-0 after two innings Saturday in the Dixie Jr. Boys World Series in Dothan, Alabama, but rallied with a run in the bottom of the second and seven in the third for an 8-7 win. Troup County used a two-run first inning and a three-run second to take a 5-0 lead, but Halifax County rallied to take an 8-5 lead.
Georgia plated singles runs in the fifth and sixth innings but Halifax County held on for the win.

“We made a few mistakes early but the kids just wouldn’t accept losing,” said Halifax County manager Harold Carmichael, adding the Halifax County defense stepped up and started making plays after the second inning.

Down 5-0, Halifax County began its comeback in the bottom of the second with a Tripp Bennett base hit and Thomas Cole RBI double.

Seven runs in the third gave Halifax County the lead for good, with Adrian Moran getting things started with a double.  Tristan Howerton hit an RBI double, Dustin Crews reached base after being hit by a pitch and Bennett and Ryan Tomlinson followed with consecutive RBI singles.

Ben Majors hit into a fielder’s choice for another RBI, Cole walked and Ethan Woltz hit an RBI single before Moran capped the rally with a two-out, two-run base hit.

That gave Halifax County an 8-5 advantage that proved to be enough to win the game.

Moran (double) went 3-4 and Tomlinson 2-3 to lead Halifax County hitters, while Howerton (double), Crews, Bennett, Cole (double), Woltz and Drew Link each added a hit.

Four pitchers toed the rubber for Halifax County, with Howerton pitching one and one-third innings, Grissom two-thirds of an inning, Bennett two and two-thirds innings and Tomlinson two and one-third innings, with Halifax pitching allowing 10 Georgia hits while striking out four batters.

Halifax County played Mississippi last night in an effort to go 2-0 in World Series play.