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Halifax County Dixie Boys win regional title

The Halifax County Dixie Boys all-stars won the East Regional tournament title the hard way, winning six games in a row after losing its opener, including 21-11 and 14-4 wins over previously unbeaten Amherst on Wednesday.

Halifax County travels to Carroll County for the Virginia State Dixie Boys state tournament starting July 27, with the numbers one and two teams from the East and West competing for a berth in the 2012 Dixie Boys World Series in Covington, Ga.


Halifax County 14 Amherst 4

Halifax County built a 10-0 lead after three innings and cruised to a 14-4 win over Amherst for the regional title.

Jake Hughes walked and scored on an R.J. Oliver double, and Chase Bomar singled and plated Oliver for a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and the lead grew to 5-0 after two innings on a Joey Davis single, Shane Hatcher RBI double, walk to Hughes and two-run double by Arthur Watts in the second.

Halifax scored five runs in the third after Bomar, Davis and Will Miller reached base after being hit by a pitch, with Bomar and Davis scoring on an error.  Hatcher walked and Hughes reached on a fielder’s choice to score Miller.

Shiflet, who reached base on an error and Hughes scored on a Watts double to make it 10-0.

Halifax added a run on a walk to Bomar and Ramel Hill double in the top of the fourth, and Amherst plated four runs on three hits and a walk in the fourth, before Halifax ended the game in the fifth inning.

Watts and Oliver got base hits, Bomar walked and Hill got a two-run hit, before a Davis bunt scored Bomar.

Davis pitched four inning and Oliver one frame in the win, Davis allowing eight hits while striking out four and walking two.  Oliver allowed one hit and struck out two in the fifth inning.


Halifax County 21 Amherst 11

Halifax County rallied from a 10-2 deficit after two innings, scoring eight runs in the third inning to tie the game and outscoring Amherst 11-1 the rest of the way to force a deciding game for the regional title.

Amherst scored 10 runs on 11 hits and five walks the first two innings, while Halifax scored a run in the first when Hughes and Oliver walked and Bomar reached on an error, and a run in the second when Trip Womack walked and scored on a single by Hatcher.

Halifax scored eight runs in the third when Watts, Oliver and Bomar walked, and Watts scored on a balk. Josh Brown bunted Oliver home, Womack walked and Hill hit a sacrifice fly to plate Bomar.

Shiflet doubled home Womack and scored on a Hatcher single, Hughes walked and Watts hit a two-run double before scoring on an Oliver double.

Three runs in the fourth made it 13-10, the runs scoring after walks to Womack and Shiflet.  Hatcher loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch and Hughes hit a three-run double.

Bomar singled in a scoreless fifth inning, but Halifax added four runs in each of the final two innings, with Oliver hitting a two-run double after a Hatcher single and walk to Hughes in the sixth, with a Bomar single plating Oliver, and with Bomar scoring on a wild throw.

In the seventh, Hatcher walked, stole second and scored on a Hughes double.  Watts walked, Hughes scored on a passed ball and Oliver hit a two-run homer.

Jo Jo Cassada and Shiflet each pitched one inning, and Brown hurled the final five innings, with Cassada recording one strikeout and Shiflet and Brown recording three strikeouts each.

The trio walked a total of six batters while allowing a total of 14 hits.


Halifax County 11 Timberlake 1 (Monday)

Halifax scored five runs in the second and six in the third to beat Timberlake 11-1 on Monday.

Watts doubled in a scoreless first for Halifax, which plated five runs in the second when Miller walked and scored on a wild throw on a pickoff attempt.  Brown walked, stole to third and scored on an attempted squeeze bunt and wild throw.

Shiflet walked and scored Hughes walked and scored on a Watts single, and Watts scored when Davis reached on an error.

In the third inning, Brown walked, Womack reached on an error, Shiflet hit an RBI single, Hatcher hit and RBI double, and Watts hit a two-run single and scored when Davis reached base on an error.

Davis scored when Miller reached base on an error.

Halifax failed to score in the fourth despite a double by Watts and singles by Shiflet and Hughes, with Timberlake turning a double play.

Hughes went all five innings on the mound to get the win, allowing only one run on five hits with no walks, while fanning four batters.