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Halifax County in driver’s seat

Halifax County couldn’t be in better shape in the Virginia State Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball Tournament at South Boston’s C.H. Friend Field.

After taking advantage of a Goochland error in the bottom of the seventh inning to score a 4-3 win in Friday night’s opener, Halifax County was never tested in a 17-0 bombing of Buckingham in Saturday’s second-round contest.

The reward for Halifax County with its two straight wins was a bye in yesterday’s action.

“The bye is huge because it allows us to rest all of our pitchers,” explained Halifax County Manager Dennis Lewis.

“We can come back Monday night with everybody available. With the heat, the bye will give our players an opportunity to rest a little bit. Some teams got byes early in the tournament, but if I’m going to get one, I’d rather have it later on if you’re fortunate enough to be in the right position.”

Halifax County is indeed in the right position.

The other two undefeated teams in the tournament, Carroll County and Amherst County, were slated to meet each other in last night’s 7 p.m. contest, with the winner to face Halifax County in tonight’s nightcap.

“That will be a good test,” Lewis pointed out.

“Monday will be a different game, but I like our chances.”

Halifax County received a tough test in Friday’s opener against Goochland. Trailing 3-2, Halifax County got back into contention when Tyler Dunn walked with one out, stole second base and third base and scored when Dustin Fears reached base on a fielder’s choice to deadlock the contest at 3-3.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Jacob New hit a double with one out and moved to third base on Avery Anderson’s sacrifice fly to right field for the second out of the inning. New scored when Chase Wilkerson reached base on a Goochland error to give Halifax County the game-winning run.

“We were fortunate in the first game to win against a good Goochland team,” Lewis noted.

“We got some breaks when we needed them and hung in there until the end. We trailed a lot during the game, but the guys never gave up.” 

Both teams had six hits in the game, with Halifax County getting a hit each from Nick Anderson, New, Avery Anderson, Dunn, Fears and Andrew Hamlett.

Nick Lewis started the game on the mound for Halifax County. He yielded five hits and fanned three batters. Hunter Watts went to the mound in relief in the fourth inning and yielded one hit while striking out four batters. Watts also allowed two walks.

Halifax County broke out of the box early in Saturday night’s game against Buckingham, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning and cruising to an easy 17-0 win in a game that was stopped under a slaughter rule after five innings.

“We were fortunate to get up on them early,” Lewis said.

“I think that took the wind out of their sails a little bit.”

While Halifax County got the job done offensively, Chase Wilkerson and Tyler Wall combined to throw a no-hitter against Buckingham. Buckingham had only three players to reach base in the game, two as the result of walks and one as the result of a Halifax County error.

Halifax County broke the game open with 10 runs in the top of the third inning. Five hits and three Buckingham errors aided Halifax County’s big inning.

The final tally had Halifax County with a dozen hits in the game, with New, Dunn and Adrian Moran each getting two hits. Wilkerson, Hamlett, Avery Anderson, Nick Lewis, Hunter Watts and Wall all had one hit. 

Watts and Moran were credited with three RBIs each. Wilkerson was credited with two RBIs.

 

Tournament results

Friday Games

Game 1 – Carroll County 16 Mecklenburg County 10

Game 2 – Amherst County 12 Franklin County 0

Game 3 – Buckingham 20 Powhatan 17

Game 4 – Halifax County 4 Goochland 3

 

Saturday Games

Game 5 – Amherst County 8 Amelia 3

Game 6 – Mecklenburg County 8 Franklin County 4

Game 7 – Goochland 6 Powhatan 5

Game 8 – Halifax County 17 Buckingham 0

 

Sunday Games

(Results Not Available At Press Time)

Game 9 – Mecklenburg County Vs. Buckingham (Elimination Game)

Game 10 – Goochland Vs. Amelia (Elimination Game)

Game 11 – Carroll County Vs. Amherst County

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