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Host team eliminated in Minor League tourney

The defending Dixie Youth Baseball (DYB) District 2 Minor League tournament champions have been eliminated after only two games, with the Scottsburg all-stars losing 9-7 Saturday night to Halifax after falling 17-5 to Chase City the day before.

Halifax, which lost 25-9 to Brunswick County on Friday, played Clarksville in an elimination game Sunday night, while South Boston, which lost 18-5 to Emporia on Saturday, played Chase City last night in an effort to stay alive.

Brunswick, which beat Chase City 13-1 Saturday, played Emporia Sunday night in a matchup of the two remaining unbeaten teams in the district tournament.

The Scottsburg Dixie Youth Baseball League is serving as host for the District 2 Minor League Tournament.

 

Halifax 9 Scottsburg 7

Halifax took a 9-3 lead after four innings but had to withstand a furious Scottsburg rally the last two frames before claiming a 9-7 win and eliminating Scottsburg from the district tournament.

The game was tied at 1-1 after two innings, Scottsburg taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a walk to Skyla Strohm and single by K’Von Scott, with Strohm later scoring on a wild pitch.

Halifax answered in the second when Joshshawn Woods reached on an error, Trey Mahan walked and Nick Carey stroked a double.

A four-run third inning gave Halifax the lead for good, with the first three batters reaching base after a hit batsman, walk and error before a double by Zack Lowery and error made it 5-1.

Scottsburg scored two runs off hits from Jaxon Lloyd, Scott and Ryan Corona and an error to pull to within 5-3 in the top of the fourth, but Halifax plated four runs in the bottom of the inning when Carey reached on an error, Ali Ferrell and Jackson Dunavant singled and Lowery slugged a two-run home run.

Scottsburg cut its deficit to 9-5 in the fifth on a single by Anthony Conner and walks to Lloyd and Leo Noblin, with two runs scoring on wild pitches.

Two runs in the top of the sixth got Scottsburg to within 9-7, but the rally came up short.

Scott reached on an error to start the inning, and Kyle Barker hit into a fielders’ choice to plate Scott.

Corona walked and Darian Greene hit a single to plate Corona, but a strikeout and groundout ended the game.

Halifax used four pitchers in the game, including Lowery, Alon Fallen, Mathew Martin and Briley Moore, while Scottsburg got a full five innings of work from Lloyd, who struck out nine batters in a complete-game effort.

Halifax pitching struck out 13 Scottsburg batters.

 

Emporia 18 South Boston 5

Emporia broke open a close game with eight runs in the fourth inning to defeat South Boston 18-5 on Saturday.

The game was scoreless until the third inning, when Emporia scored on a single, error, walk and wild pitch, and Emporia broke the game open with eight runs on two hits, including a home run by Aaron Tudor in the fourth inning.

South Boston, held to a base hit by Chris Scott in the second inning, plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth when Jordan Murray walked and Keithen Garner reached base on a fielder’s choice.

Zyleik Perkins singled, Davis doubled, Will Abdi singled and Scott doubled to make it 9-3, but Emporia scored nine runs on seven hits the next inning to put the game away.

South Boston plated its final two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ali Ferrell doubled, Kaniel Green reached on an error and Garner reached base after being hit by a pitch.

South Boston sent Davis and Abdi to the mound to face Emporia, with Davis striking out nine batters and Abdi one.

 

Chase City 17 Scottsburg 5

Scottsburg outhit Chase City by a 5-4 margin, but Chase City took advantage of 11 walks and only two hits to score 13 runs in the fifth inning to win a game interrupted by a severe storm that swept over the field before the third inning got under way.

Scottsburg took a 2-0 lead after one inning on walks to Lloyd and Corona, an error and hit by Noblin, but Chase City plated three runs on one hit, an error and three hit batsmen to take a 3-2 after two innings.

Each team scored one run in the fourth inning, with Scottsburg’s run coming on walks to Noblin and Brent Wilmouth and a single by Lloyd.

Emporia scored 13 runs with the aid of two hits and 11 walks in the fifth inning, and Scottsburg added two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a walk after a walk to Strohm and a hit by Nicholas Hamlett.

Scottsburg used five pitchers in the game, including Lloyd, Kyle Barker, Scott, Corona and Noblin, who combined for six strikeouts.

 

Brunswick 25 Halifax 9

A seven-run third inning wasn’t enough for Halifax in a 25-9 loss to Brunswick County to start the tournament.

Brunswick scored two runs off two hits in the top of the first inning and one run off two hits in the second, before adding six runs on four hits in the top of the third.

Halifax rallied to within 9-7 in the bottom of the third inning on a double by Dunavant, triple by Lowery and base hit by Carey.

Daval Ballou, Briley Moore, William Mahan, Matthew Miller and Jamar Traynham drew walks in the inning that pulled Halifax to within two runs, but Brunswick scored four runs off four hits, including a home run by Chris Gray in the fourth inning.

Kendall Logan reached base on an error and scored in the bottom of the fourth for Halifax, but Brunswick scored eight runs off four hits in the fifth and four runs off three hits in the sixth inning.

Halifax added its final run in the fifth inning when Martin walked and scored on a hit by Woods.

Ferrell got the other hit by Halifax, a single in the first inning.