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Junior Boys earn World Series berth

The Halifax County Dixie Junior Boys all-star team is headed to the World Series.

Halifax County defeated Carroll County 11-1 Monday in Christiansburg to win the Virginia Dixie Junior Boys State Tournament and earn a berth in the Dixie Junior Boys World Series to be played July 30-Aug. 3 in Seneca, S.C.

Halifax County will face Newton County, Ga. in its opening-round game on July 30 at 1 p.m.

Mauricio Garza and Will Miller teamed up to give Halifax County a solid pitching performance that played a key role in the win.

Garza threw two and two thirds innings and allowed one hit, one walk and one run. He fanned four batters. Miller pitched two and a third innings and yielded one hit and two walks. He struck out three batters.

Not only did Garza and Miller combine to give Halifax County consistent pitching, they helped their own cause on the offensive end as well. Garza had two hits and two RBIs while Miller had a hit and two RBIs.

R.J. Oliver chipped in two hits and Arthur Joe Watts, Josh Brown and Jermaine Vaughters each had a hit. Tanner Bennett had two RBIs in the game and Watts and Shane Hatcher each had one RBI.

Halifax County scored a run in the second inning when Oliver led off with a double and later scored on a double by Garza.

Three runs in the third inning helped Halifax County to increase its lead. Brown opened the inning by reaching base on a walk. Watts and Oliver followed with back-to-back singles to load the sacks.

Brown scored on an overthrow on a pickoff attempt and Miller followed with a two-RBI single to give Halifax County a 4-0 lead.
Halifax County added a run in the fifth inning when Vaughters had a hit and later scored when Bennett reached base.

If there was any doubt that Halifax County had the game under control, it was erased when Halifax County scored six runs in the fifth inning to force an end to the game under the mercy rule.

The big inning started when Oliver, Miller and Hughes walked to load the bases. Two runs scored on a double by Garza and Hughes later scored by stealing home on an overthrow on an attempted pickoff. Hatcher reached base on an error, with Garza scoring on the play.

Brown followed with a hit and Bennett knocked in Hatcher to score another run for Halifax County. A sacrifice fly by Watts allowed Brown to score and force an end to the game.