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South Boston, Halifax win in O-Zone

South Boston and Halifax won opening round games Friday and Saturday in the Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone District 2 Tournament at Scottsburg, with Hunter Watts’ grand slam home run giving South Boston a 10-8 win over Scottsburg on Friday.

Halifax took a 9-0 lead after three innings on Saturday and held off a late-inning rally by South Boston for a 10-7 victory.

Scottsburg played Halifax last night, with Scottsburg needing a win to stay alive in the three-team, double elimination tournament.


Halifax 10 South Boston 7

The Halifax all-stars scored five runs on four hits in their first at-bat and went on to a 10-7 win over South Boston.

Hits by Clay Lloyd, Seth Dawson, Jared Dawson and Chris Harris, in addition to two South Boston errors staked Halifax to a 5-0 advantage.

Four runs in the third inning gave Halifax a 9-0 lead, with Lloyd hitting a double, Brayden Moore a single, Jake McLamb drawing a walk and Seth Dawson hitting a single.

Jared Dawson and Harris added base hits as Halifax built a nine-run lead, but South Boston, held to only a second-inning single by Devyn Moran through three innings, began its comeback in the fourth inning.

Alex Lowery hit a leadoff single and Dylan Stolzenthaler drew a walk before Evan McNamee’s two-out, two-strike double down the left field line produced a pair of runs.

South Boston added two runs in the fifth inning, beginning when J.D. Powell reached base on an error, Dillon Davis hit a single and Lowery drew a walk.

Hunter Watts singled home a pair of runs and Mykell Morris followed with a base hit, as South Boston cut its deficit to 9-4.

Halifax added its final run in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Seth Dawson connecting for his third hit of the game, a one-out single.

Pinch runner Dexter Dixon stole second and stole third, scoring when the throw to third got away to give Halifax a 10-4 advantage, but South Boston scored three times in its last at-bat to come close.

Christian Worley and Moran walked, and Powell reached on a fielder’s choice, before singles by Watts and Stolzenthaler helped make it 10-7, but that was as close as South Boston would come.

Moore started the game for Halifax and pitched three innings, Lloyd hurled two innings and Jennings pitched the sixth inning, with the trio combining for five strikeouts.

Lowery and Moran pitched three and two innings, respectively for South Boston, with the pair combining for five strikeouts.

South Boston 10 Scottsburg 8

Watts’ grand slam home run capped a four-run rally in South Boston’s final at-bat to give them a 10-8 win over Scottsburg on Friday.

The game featured several lead changes before Watt’s blast, with Scottsburg taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jeffrey Cates reached second base on an error and third base on a fielder’s choice before scoring on Shaun Perkins’ sacrifice fly.

South Boston got a first-inning single by Davis and second-inning single by Powell before taking a 2-1 lead in the third inning on singles by Jimmy Wilkins, Davis and Lowery, with Watts hitting into a fielder’s choice to plate the final run of the inning.

Scottsburg, held to a second-inning double by Josh Barker and third-inning double by Sam Clark, regained the lead in the fourth inning.

Perkins launched a one-out, solo home run to start the rally, and Evan Irby and Brad Snead reached base on errors before Scott Nester plated Irby with a sacrifice groundout.

Barker followed with a two-run home run to give Scottsburg a 5-2 lead, but South Boston responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, beginning with a solo home run by Stolzenthaler.

McNamee and Worley hit singles, and Moran reached on an error to load the bases.  Powell and Davis each reached base on a fielder’s choice, Lowery reached on an error, Watts on a walk and Morris on an error, as South Boston took a 6-5 lead.

Scottsburg scored one run in the fifth and two in the top of the sixth to take an 8-6 lead, the fifth-inning run coming on a Charles Hudson single, walk to Cates and a bunt single by Zander Strohm that plated pinch runner Sam Clark.

Snead walked in the sixth inning, Nester reached on a fielder’s choice and Barker on a walk before Colt LaRue slugged a two-run double.

Trailing 8-6 in its final at-bat, South Boston scored four runs to win the game, with Jimmy Wilkins drawing a walk and Davis and Lowery getting base hits, before Watts launched a grand slam home run to win the game.

Watts pitched four innings and Lowery two frames for South Boston, with the pair combining for seven strikeouts.

LaRue and Barker pitched four and two innings, respectively for Scottsburg, the duo combining for three strikeouts.

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