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Scottsburg rolling in machine pitch tourney

The Scottsburg all-stars held the upper hand through the first two rounds of the Dixie Youth Baseball District Machine Pitch Baseball Tournament at Scottsburg. Scottsburg won all of its first three games and, last night, was set to face the winner of yesterday afternoon’s elimination contest between South Boston and Brunswick.

A win by Scottsburg last night would propel the tournament’s host team into tonight’s championship round.

Tonight’s championship game is set for a 6:30 p.m. start. If an extra game is needed to determine the tournament winner, it will be played at 8:30 p.m., or about 30 minutes after the first game is completed.

Scottsburg opened the tournament with a 22-7 win Friday night over South Boston with the help of seven runs in the fourth inning. Swinging the bats well, Scottsburg had 28 hits in the contest, compared with 13 hits for South Boston.

Three Scottsburg players, Jaxon Lloyd, Darian Green and Kyle Barker, had three hits each. One player, Timothy Walker, had a home run, that coming in the fourth inning.

South Boston was led by Josh Roberts, Zylick Perkins, Joseph Wilson, Nicholas Harris and Jonathan Hammock, all of whom had two hits.

Scottsburg also had a big day on Saturday, edging South Hill 15-12 in an afternoon game in what was the closest game played in the first two rounds of the tournament. Saturday night, in the day’s final game, Scottsburg dominated Halifax in a 15-2 win.

The Scottsburg-South Hill contest was a tight one throughout. South Hill led 3-2 after the first inning but the game was even again at 4-4 after two innings.

Scottsburg led 12-5 after four innings, but South Hill got back into the game by scoring seven runs in the fifth inning.

The closeness of the game was reflected in the hit count as Scottsburg had 24 hits while South Hill had 23 hits.

Lloyd and Benjamin Irby led Scottsburg with three hits each.

It took Scottsburg a little while to gets its bats going in Saturday’s nightcap, but the tournament host was able to come away with an easy win nonetheless.

Scottsburg was leading 4-1 when it erupted for seven runs in the third inning. Four more runs in the fourth inning provided enough of an extra cushion to ice the game.

Leo Noblin and Matthew Martin had three hits each for Scottsburg, which had 20 hits in the game. Halifax had five hits with Jalen Hall leading the team with two hits.

Clarksville was the first team to be eliminated from the tournament. Two straight losses, a 14-3 loss to South Hill in the tournament’s opening game on Friday, and a 23-14 loss to South Boston on Saturday in an elimination game, ended its tournament bid.

Three games were set yesterday, with South Boston, Halifax, South Hill and Brunswick all entering yesterday’s round with one loss and facing possible elimination.

South Hill out hit Clarksville by 20-7 count in its 14-3 opening game win on Friday. Eqwanjameue Tisdale led South Hill with three hits in that game.

Halifax downed Brunswick 15-11 in its first outing of the tournament, out hitting Brunswick 24-18.

Halifax led 14-1 after four innings only to see Brunswick get back into the game by scoring four runs in the fifth inning and adding six runs in the sixth inning.

Trey Mahan and Jackson Dunavant led Halifax with four hits each.

South Boston kept its tournament bid alive with a 23-14 win over Clarksville. Perkins led South Boston with four hits. Nicholas Harris had a home run for South Boston in the fifth inning.