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Junior Boys bow out of World Series

The Halifax County Junior Boys all-stars bowed out of the Dixie Junior Boys World Series in Beaufort, S.C., after two straight setbacks, an 8-3 loss to Georgia on Saturday and a 16-11 loss the next day to Arkansas.

Georgia 8 Halifax County 3

Halifax held a 1-0 lead after three innings, but Georgia scored four runs in the fourth and four in the sixth to win the game.

Tanner Bennett hit a RBI sacrifice fly after singles by Tripp Womack and Josh Brown in the third inning for Halifax’s first run, but Georgia scored four runs on four his in the fourth inning.

Halifax scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning when Arthur Joe Watts singled, R.J. Oliver doubled and Will Miller reached base on an error, with Watts scoring on a passed ball before an RBI double by Mauricio Garza.

That cut the deficit to 4-3, but Georgia tacked on four runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jake Hughes pitched two and two-thirds innings for Halifax, with Garza tossing one-third inning, Miller one and two-thirds innings and Oliver one and one-third innings, with Halifax pitching striking out eight batters and walking six.

Arkansas 16 Halifax County 11

Arkansas scored all its runs in the first three innings and held on to eliminate Halifax County on Sunday, despite Halifax County finishing with a 12-11 advantage in hits.

Arkansas scored five runs on three hits in the first, and Halifax answered with three runs on three hits when Brown and Bennett singled, Watts walked, Garza reached after being hit by a pitch, and Miller hit an RBI single.

Arkansas used four hits and a combination of walks and Halifax errors to score nine runs in the second inning and take a 14-3 lead, and Arkansas added its final two runs the next inning on two hits before Halifax County rallied with three runs on two hits and an error in the bottom of the fourth.

Watts doubled, Garza singled, Watts scored on a passed ball and Shane Hatcher (RBI) reached base on an error to plate another run and later scored on a passed ball.

Halifax did not score the fifth, despite singles from Womack and Oliver, and they added a run in the sixth inning when Jo Jo Cassada walked and Watts hit an RBI groundout.

Halifax added its final three runs in the seventh inning, with Miller getting a base hit, Oliver reaching on an error and Hughes on a walk before Cassada hit a three-run double.

Bennett pitched one and one-third innings, Garza one-third inning and Hughes four and one-third innings for Halifax County against Arkansas, with the trio combining to strike out six batters.