- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
The Scottsburg O-Zone all-stars used the long ball Monday to stave off elimination in the Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone State Tournament, getting a three-run homer from Evan Irby and a solo shot from Kelonte Gutrich in a 5-3 win over Galax. Gutrich was solid again on the mound for Scottsburg against Galax, finishing with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game performance.
Scottsburg is 2-1 in the tournament thus far, having lost its second game to Salem by a 7-3 margin, and played Rustburg last night in an effort to stay alive.
Scottsburg 5 Galax 3
Scottsburg scored four runs in the first inning and added another run in the sixth to beat Galax, with Gutrich hitting a solo home run to lead off the top of the first inning.
Dakota Loftis followed with a base hit, and Ty Carrington and Jacob McKinney reached base on consecutive errors before Irby slammed a three-run homer to give Scottsburg a 4-0 lead.
Galax responded with two runs on a walk and two base hits in the bottom of the first to make it 4-2, and Galax added a run in the fourth inning off a walk, hit batsman and Scottsburg error to make it 4-3.
Scottsburg got some insurance in the top of the sixth inning when Gutrich drew a leadoff walk and Loftis reached base on an error to plate Gutrich.
Scottsburg got three other hits in the game, a third inning single by Josh Barker and singles by Loftis and Carrington in the fourth inning.
Gutrich allowed two hits to get the win, striking out 15 batters and walking three in six innings of work.
Salem 7 Scottsburg 3
Scottsburg lost its first game of the state tournament Sunday, giving up a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning and losing 7-3 to Salem.
Gutrich and Charles Hudson each had a solo home run for Scottsburg, Gutrich starting the game with his homer and Hudson hitting his in the top of the third inning to give his team a 2-0 lead.
McKinney reached base on a hit and Salem error in the fifth inning, and Andrew Hudson hit a sacrifice bunt, with McKinney scoring to make it 3-1.
Scottsburg had one other hit in the game, a fifth inning single by Irby, but Salem, held to a run in the fourth inning on a base hit, stolen base and base hit, scored six runs on a double, three singles and two walks in the fifth inning to lead 7-3.
McKinney pitched the first five innings against Salem, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out nine batters and walking three.
Loftis and Zack Chappell each pitched half an inning, the pair giving up a total of three hits.