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SoBo forces extra game in chase for district win

Two swings of the bat was all it took Monday night for the South Boston all-stars to beat Halifax 10-9 and force a deciding game last night to determine the Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone District 2 tournament championship.

South Boston had beaten Scottsburg 10-8 in the tourney opener on Friday but dropped a 10-7 decision to Halifax on Saturday.

Halifax eliminated Scottsburg with a 12-11 win on Sunday night and needed a win Monday to clinch the district title, building a 7-0 lead through two and a half innings.

South Boston rallied, but Halifax still led 8-5 until Dylan Stolzenthaler’s three-run homer tied the game in the bottom of the fifth.

TaTa Logan reached base on an error and scored on Brayden Moore’s base hit in the top of the sixth to give Halifax a 9-8 lead.

Down to its final strike in the bottom of the sixth inning, Dillon Davis beat out a ground ball on a close play before Alex Lowery launched a game-winning two run home run.

Just as it did in the team’s first meeting, Halifax jumped ahead, scoring five runs in the first inning.

A walk to Logan preceded an RBI double by Clay Lloyd, and Jared Dawson drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0.  

Chris Harris hit an RBI single, Jake McLamb drew a bases-loaded walk and K’Saan Preston singled to give Halifax the early five-run advantage.

The second inning saw no scoring despite singles from Logan for Halifax and Evan McNamee for South Boston, but Halifax added two runs in the third on a single by Seth Dawson, and RBI hit by Jared Dawson, who eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0.

South Boston began its comeback in the bottom of the third when Jimmy Wilkins reached on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored after a throw to third on his steal attempt got away.

Dane Dickerson walked and later scored on an error to make it 7-2, and Moore reached on an error and eventually scored for Halifax in the top of the fourth after a throw to third on his steal attempt went awry.

South Boston got singles by Hunter Watts and Christian Worley, a bunt single for an RBI by Stolzenthaler, a bunt single by Mykell Morris and fielder’s choice outs for RBIs from McNamee and J.D. Powell to make it 8-5 after four innings.

Halifax’s Harris was stranded after a two-out double in the top of the fifth, and South Boston tied the score in its at-bat when Lowery singled, Worley reached on an error ahead of Stolzenthaler’s home run that tied the game.

Logan reached on an error and scored on Moore’s RBI hit in the top of the sixth to give Halifax a 9-8 lead before Lowery’s two-run homer in South Boston’s final at-bat won the game.

South Boston used two pitchers in the game, with Devyn Moran hurling one-third on an inning before Watts relieved and pitched the remaining five and two thirds innings.

McLamb started the game on the mound for Halifax and pitched four innings before Lloyd relieved for the final two frames.

South Boston pitching struck out six Halifax batters, and Halifax pitching recorded seven strikeouts.