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South Boston Dixie Majors cruise to win

The South Boston Dixie Majors all-stars, behind home runs from Scott Rickman and Joe Martin and a combined no-hitter from Derek Conner and Nick Rouse, cruised to a 10-0 win over Cumberland Saturday in five innings in its Dixie Majors state tourney opener at C.H. Friend Field.

South Boston scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and two in the fifth inning.

Ford Bradshaw reached base on an error and scored on Rickman’s RBI double in the first inning.  A fielder’s choice put Rickman at third and pinch runner Dillon Wazeka scored on a wild pitch.

In the second, Ryan Puryear walked and scored after a Cumberland error on a bunt by L.J. Barnett to make it 3-0, and Rickman led off the top of the third with a towering home run to make it 4-0.

Martin singled and Puryear doubled ahead of Dylan Hendricks’ two-run hit to make it 6-0 after three innings.

South Boston scored two runs in the fourth on a walk to Bradshaw and two-run home run by Martin, and it added its final two runs in the fifth inning off a double by Aron Puryear, bunt single by Barnett and RBI sacrifice fly by Fluff Trent, with Barnett later stealing home to make it 10-0.

Conner pitched four strong innings against Cumberland before giving way to Rouse for the fifth and final inning.

Conner struck out three batters with three Cumberland base runners reaching base, after a walk and hit batsman in the first and a walk in the fourth inning.

Rouse struck out two of the three batters he faced in the fifth inning.

South Boston finished with 11 hits, a home run and double from Rickman, home run and single from Martin, two doubles from Ryan Puryear, a double and single from Dylan Hendricks and Aron Puryear and a base hit from Barnett.

The game between South Boston and Cumberland had to wait an extra day after being postponed Friday due to weather.

“We wanted to play last night, but that was the call by the Dixie officials,” said South Boston Manager Justin King.

“I think it was the right call, but the only bad thing is it pushes the tournament out another day and gives a couple of teams two days off and we have to play straight through.

“Rather than that, I’m satisfied with the way the guys came out of the hole.  One through nine, we can get it done, and we’re going to be pretty solid.”