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Pre-Majors 1-1 in World Series

The South Boston Pre-Majors all-stars went 1-1 in its first two World Series games in Independence, Louisiana, losing game 7-3 Saturday to Tennessee before bouncing back to beat Arkansas 6-2 on Sunday. South Boston plays again today in an effort to stay alive in the World Series.

South Boston 6 Arkansas 2

Arkansas scored two runs in its first at-bat, but South Boston outscored them 6-0 from there to stay alive, including a two-run rally in the first inning after two hits and two hit batsman gave Arkansas an early lead.

Nick Anderson and Avery Anderson got hits and advanced on a wild pitch before an RBI groundout by Jacob New and a run off a double steal tied the game.

Nick Anderson singled, stole second and scored on a RBI single by Ryan Yates in the third inning to make it 3-2, and J.T. Reeves and Tyler Dunn reached on errors in the fourth before Chase Wilkerson walked, Nick Anderson had an RBI fielder’s choice groundout and Avery Anderson a two-run single.

Dunn had the other South Boston hit, a fifth-inning single, and pitchers Nick Lewis and Yates shut down Arkansas on three hits.

Lewis allowed two runs on two hits with three strikeouts in two and two-thirdsinnings, and Yates allowed no runs on one hit with eight strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings.

Tennessee 7 South Boston 3

A late-inning rally fell short, as South Boston lost its opener to Tennessee, which scored one run in the second inning on a double, walk and double steal, two runs in the third on a pair of doubles and a South Boston error, and one run in the fourth on a walk, hit batsman, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly.

South Boston scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a Dunn single, walk to Josh Irby, groundout and Nick Anderson two-run double to make it 4-2.

South Boston closed to within 4-3 in the sixth on a Yates single, groundout, wild pitch and infield single by Dunn, but Tennessee added three runs in the seventh off a base hit, stolen base, groundout and sacrifice fly, followed by a home run, South Boston error, walk, hit batsman and another walk.

Halifax County finished with seven hits for the game, two by Nick Anderson and Yates, and one each from Wilkerson, Dunn and New.

Lewis, Wilkerson, Hunter Watts, New and Tyler Wall all pitched against Tennessee, with South Boston pitching striking out five Tennessee batters.