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HCS alive in 12-year-old tournament

The Halifax County South (HCS) all-stars played Sunday afternoon with a chance to stay alive in the Cal Ripken Baseball 12-year-old state tournament, being played at Conner Fields in Cluster Springs.

HCS won its opener Thursday with a 7-1 win over Glen Allen, but split its next two games, losing 11-8 to Rockbridge County on Friday before winning an elimination game 15-0 over Arlington on Saturday.


HCS 15 Arlington 0

HCS scored three runs in its first at-bat and never looked back, scoring five runs in the third inning and seven in the fourth to beat Arlington.

Three HCS all-stars hit home runs in the rout, Andrew Jones with a two-run homer in the first, Corey Brandon with a three-run homer in the third and Patrick Salley with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Dawson Watts and Parker Franklin walked, and Nee Brandon hit an RBI sacrifice fly before Jones launched his home run to give HCS a 3-0 lead after one inning.

Watts singled in the second, and HCS added five runs on five hits in the third inning, with Jones hitting a double and Salley drawing a walk before Corey Brandon’s home run.

Jacob Sanford and scored on an error, and Gavin Gordon and Watts (RBI) singled to make it 7-0.

Seven runs on four hits ended the game in the fourth inning for HCS, starting with Salley’s solo home run.

Corey Brandon doubled, Sean Harlow walked, William Jacobs hit a two-run single, Watts walked, Franklin hit a RBI single and Nee Brandon walked and eventually scored on an error for the final runs of the game.

Watts and Will Scheier pitched for HCS against Arlington, with Arlington getting only one hit, that coming in the second inning.

Watts struck out two batters in two innings, and Scheier struck out three batters in two innings of work.


Rockbridge 11 HCS 8

A late-inning rally fell short, and HCS lost 11-8 to Rockbridge on Friday.

Rockbridge scored seven runs on seven hits, including a home run and triple, to take a 7-0 lead after two innings, and they added three runs on two hits and a pair of walks in the top of the fourth inning for 10-0 advantage.

Held hitless through three innings, HCS scored twice in the fourth on a double by Franklin, walk to Nee Brandon, RBI double by Jones and an RBI single by Salley.

Rockbridge added a run off a single and double in the fifth, but HCS responded with three runs in each of the final two innings to pull to within three runs.

In the fifth, Watts and Franklin walked, and Nee Brandon hit an RBI single, and in the sixth, Sanford, Scheier and Watts walked, with Franklin hitting a two-run single and Jones an RBI single.

Watts started the game and worked the first two innings before Salley relieved for the final four frames, with the hurlers combining for six strikeouts.


HCS 7 Glen Allen 1

Jones gave up one run on three hits in four innings of work on the mound, helping his cause with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and HCS won its opener 7-1 over Glen Allen on Thursday.

HCS opened the scoring with three runs on two hits in the second inning, including a double by Corey Brandon and RBI single by Watts, with Franklin reaching on an error to plate another run.

A solo home run by Cameron Mitten in the top of the third inning cut the Glen Allen deficit to 3-1, but after Jones singled and Corey Brandon doubled in the third, HCS added a run in the fourth.

Gordon reached base after being hit by a pitch.  Franklin and Nee Brandon singled, and Gordon scored on an error to make it 4-1.

Watts singled, Nee Brandon hit an RBI double and Jones followed with a two-run homer in the fifth to end the scoring.

Jones struck out six batters in four innings of work, and Watts came on for the final two innings, striking out three of seven batters while allowing one hit.

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