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Dixie Pre-Majors win state opener

The Halifax County Dixie Pre-Majors all-stars got off to a good start in state tournament play Friday, downing Bedford County 9-2 in Goochland.

As a result of Friday’s late first-round game being postponed due to rain, Halifax County’s meeting against Carroll County in the second round was delayed until last night at 7 p.m.

Halifax County had 10 hits in the contest, with Avery Anderson leading the team with three hits. Jacob New and Tyler Dunn had two hits each in the winning effort, with Ryan Yates, Hunter Watts and Nick Lewis getting one hit each.

Lewis started the game on the mound for Halifax County and yielded one run and four hits while recording one strikeout in two and two thirds innings. Chase Wilkerson went to the hill and threw two and two thirds innings, allowing one run, two hits and striking out six batters. Watts completed the game for Halifax County, fanning one batter while holding Bedford County to no runs and no hits.

Halifax County jumped on top early and never lost the lead. In the top of the first inning, Avery Anderson had a hit, stole second base and scored on a single by Yates with two out to put Halifax County up 1-0.

Dunn led off the second inning for Halifax County with a bunt single, stole second base and later scored on a wild pitch to give Halifax County a 2-0 lead.

Three runs in the top of the third inning gave Halifax County a 5-0 lead. New opened the inning with a hit and Yates walked to put a pair of runners on the sacks. New scored when Tyler Wall reached base on an error to make the score 3-0. Following J.T. Reeves’ walk, Dunn hit a sacrifice fly to plate Yates and make it a 4-0 lead. A single by Nick Lewis scored Halifax County’s last run of the inning to make it a 5-0 score.

Bedford County got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the third inning to cut its deficit to four runs at 5-1. A walk and two hits produced the run. Wilkerson was put on the mound with two out in the inning and got a strikeout to end the inning.

Halifax County responded with two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 7-1 lead. Avery Anderson opened the inning with a hit and scored on a double by New to make the score 6-1. A sacrifice fly by Wall plated New to make the 7-1 count.
Dunn led off the top of the fifth inning for Halifax County with a double and later scored when Wilkerson grounded out extend his team’s lead to seven runs at 8-1.

Halifax County scored its final run of the game in the top of the sixth inning when Avery Anderson opened the inning with a hit and later scored on a balk. That run gave Halifax County an eight-run cushion at 9-1.

Bedford County was able to produce a run on two hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the final 9-2 score.