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SoBo, Scottsburg battling to stay alive

The South Boston and Scottsburg Dixie Machine Pitch all-star teams were battling last night to stay alive in the District Dixie Youth Baseball Machine Pitch Tournament in Emporia.

Both teams had one loss after Saturday’s round, with South Boston set to face tournament host Emporia and Scottsburg set to face Clarksville in yesterday’s round of elimination games.

Brunswick and South Hill, the two undefeated teams following Saturday’s round, were scheduled to square off against each other last night.

South Boston lost to Brunswick 19-0 in a game that was stopped after four innings under a slaughter rule, but bounced back to defeat Halifax 20-1. That loss eliminated Halifax from the tournament, as Halifax had fallen to Scottsburg in its opener.

In the game against Brunswick, South Boston was unable to get more than two runners on the base paths in any of the four innings.

Trevor Riddle and Semaj Jeffreys reached base in the first and fourth innings, Kameron Roberts got on base in the second inning and Will Long reached base in the third inning.

Brunswick opened with five runs in its half of the first inning, added a run in the second inning, posted six runs in the third inning and added seven runs in the fourth inning.

While that game didn’t go well for South Boston, it fared much better in its 20-1 win over Halifax.

South Boston scored four runs in the first inning and one in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead. Six runs in the fourth inning put South Boston up 11-0 and two more in the fifth inning have South Boston a 13-run cushion which it rode to the end.

Halifax scored its lone run of the game in the fifth inning when Trevor Mahan got a hit and scored.

For South Boston, Damion Conner and Saeed Buster scored four times each, with Riddle Jeffreys, Roberts and Long scoring twice each.