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Halifax wins O-Zone title

No lead was ever safe in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 O-Zone District Tournament in Scottsburg, and that was the case again Tuesday night with Halifax rallying from a 6-0 deficit after one inning to edge South Boston 9-8 in seven innings for the tourney title.

Both Halifax and South Boston qualified for the Virginia Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone State Tournament starting today in Amherst, with South Boston playing Carroll County at 2 p.m. and Halifax playing the District 7 winner at 4 p.m.

 

Halifax 9 South Boston 8 (Championship)

Cederick Jennings drove home the game-winning run for Halifax in the bottom of the seventh inning, a two-out single that plated Brayden Moore from third base, as Halifax completed a rally from six runs down to beat South Boston 9-8 for the championship.

Jennings also stroked a two-run home run in the fourth inning and added a base hit for Halifax.

Early on it was all South Boston, who scored six runs in its first at-bat with singles from Dillon Davis and Alex Lowery, a bunt single from Hunter Watts and a Dylan Stolzenthaler double to start the game.

Mykell Morris drew a walk, and Evan McNamee and J.D. Powell singled to produce a 6-0 lead.

Neither team scored in the second inning despite a single by South Boston’s Dane Dickerson and a single by Halifax’s Jennings, but South Boston added a run in the top of the third on walks to Lowery and Watts and a single by Stolzenthaler.

Halifax turned a double play to avoid any further damage and began its rally in the bottom of the third beginning when Brizendine reached base after being hit by a pitch, Chris Harris reached on a fielder’s choice and Dexter Dixon walked.

Logan reached on an error and Clay Lloyd singled to make it 7-3.

South Boston failed to add to its lead in the top of the fourth despite Powell reaching base on an error and Devyn Moran getting a base hit, and Halifax crept closer in its at-bat with a walk to Seth Dawson and two-run homer by Jennings.

Jared Dawson drew a walk, but Halifax avoided further damage with a double play.

South Boston added its final run in the fifth inning to make it 8-5 after Watts reached base after being hit by a pitch, reached third base on an errant pickoff and scored on Stolzenthaler’s hit.

Worley walked and Morris singled, but a flyout and groundout got Halifax out of the inning.

Halifax tied the game in the sixth with a Jennings single, Jared Dawson double, Jake McLamb single walk to Josh Dawson and TaTa Logan base hit.

Pinch runner Grant Brizendine, running for Josh Dawson, was tagged out at the plate, extending the game to extra innings.

Halifax won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Lloyd singled and Moore reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second and third, scoring the game-winning run on Jennings’ single.

Lowery pitched the first five and one-third innings for South Boston before giving way to Moran and Powell, and Jennings, Jared Dawson and Moore went to the mound for Halifax in the championship game.

Each pitching staff recorded seven strikeouts.

 

Halifax 12 Scottsburg 11(Sunday)

Halifax reached the championship round by edging Scottsburg 12-11 on Sunday.

Halifax scored two runs in its first at-bat off a hit batsman, single by Lloyd and single by Jennings, but Scottsburg scored four runs off singles by Jeffrey Cates, Shaun Perkins and Evan Irby, with Josh Barker reaching base on an error and Colt LaRue drawing a bases loaded walk.

Neither team scored in the second inning despite a single from Halifax’s Josh Dawson, but Halifax struck for four runs in the third inning.

Logan reached base after being hit by a pitch, Lloyd walked, Moore reached on a fielder’s choice, Seth Dawson and Jennings singled, Jared Dawson walked and Chris Harris singled.

Halifax added to its lead in the fourth inning with two runs on a double by Lloyd, single by Moore and singles by Jennings and Harris, before scoring three runs in the fifth off singles by Logan, Lloyd, Moore, Seth Dawson and Jennings.

Trailing 12-4 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Scottsburg scored a run when Cates singled and later scored, and it added three runs in the sixth inning when Colt LaRue and Scott Nester reached base on errors and Charles Hudson singled.

Cates and Zander Strohm singled, Perkins reached base on an error and Barker singled to pull Scottsburg to within 12-11, but Barker was stranded at third base to end the game.

Lloyd and Moore went to the mound for Halifax and combined for seven strikeouts, while Barker, Nester and LaRue went to the mound for Scottsburg, the trio combining to strike out five batters.