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Majors win World Series opener

The Virginia champion South Boston Dixie Majors all-star team won its opening game Saturday in the Dixie Majors World Series in Laurel, Miss., edging Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee 4-3.

Earning its way into the winner’s bracket, South Boston was scheduled to play defending World Series champion Paris, Texas yesterday at 4 p.m. Texas edged North Carolina 1-0 in Saturday’s opening round.

South Boston pitcher Ryan Puryear fanned five batters and scattered seven hits through his six innings of work. He did not allow a run or a hit in the final three innings.

“He came up big for us throwing all 6 innings,” noted South Boston Manager Justin King.

“He struggled some during the game, leaving the ball up. But he finally settled and got ahead of the batters, making them hit his pitch.”

Ford Bradshaw came up with a big hit for South Boston, driving in the go-ahead run for South Boston in the fourth inning.

South Boston hit the ball well on its way to winning the state tournament and continued that trend in Saturday’s World Series opener.

Puryear helped his own cause with a 2-3 effort at the plate. Joe Martin also had a 2-3 day at the plate with a pair of doubles and Ryan Yates produced two hits in his four trips to the plate, chipping in a pair of RBIs.

Bradshaw, Rickman and Aron Puryear each had a hit for South Boston. Bradshaw’s hit produced a big run for the team, and Rickman’s lone hit was a home run in the first inning.

Mt. Pleasant, the Tennessee state champion, opened the game with a run on three hits, with Tennessee’s Cody Henson coming up with the run-scoring hit.

Rickman’s first-inning homer allowed South Boston to tie the game. A pair of unearned runs in the second inning put South Boston on top 3-1.

Tennessee rallied in the fourth inning, using a double to open the inning and getting a pair of hits to follow, one of them a run-scoring single from Austin York to produce a run to make the score 3-2. 

The Tennessee champions tagged Puryear for three more hits, but managed to score only one run to tie the game at 3-3 as South Boston’s defense came up with big plays. 

Twice South Boston threw out Tennessee runners at the plate to prevent Tennessee from taking the lead.

South Boston regained the lead 4-3 with Bradshaw’s run-scoring hit in the bottom of the inning and held on the rest of the way to preserve the win.