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Dixie Boys all-stars bow out

The Halifax County Dixie Boys all-stars saw their chances at a World Series title go by the wayside Tuesday with a 15-0 loss to host Newton County, Ga.

Inclement weather forced the World Series to start a day late, with Halifax County losing 15-1 to West Georgia on Sunday.

Day two of the World Series saw Halifax County rebound in a big way with a 14-3 win over Tennessee, but Halifax County bowed out of the series the next day with the loss to Newton County.

Halifax County’s two losses came to teams finishing as Dixie Boys World Series champions and runners-up, with West Georgia taking the title with a win over Newton County.


Newton County 15 Halifax County 0

Halifax County managed two base hits, both by Jake Hughes in a loss to Newton County in an elimination game.

Newton County scored three runs on three hits in the second inning, three runs on three hits and a Halifax error in the third, three runs on five hits in the fifth and six runs on two hits and three walks in the sixth inning.

Hughes singled in the first inning, and he added another base hit in the fifth inning but was stranded each time.

Halifax County had its best chance to score in the second inning when Josh Brown, Joey Davis and Layne Shiflet drew walks, but Halifax failed to score.

Trip Womack walked in the fifth inning, and Hughes singled, but again Halifax County would fail to score.

Hughes pitched four innings for Halifax County, allowing seven hits while walking one batter, and he struck out two.

Shiflet pitched one inning, allowing six hits, Ramel Hill pitched one-third inning, walking three batters, and Brown pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit.


Halifax County 14 Tennessee 3

Halifax Count staved off elimination in the World Series with a 14-3 win over Tennessee on Monday

Tennessee took a 1-0 lead on two hits in the first inning, but Halifax, held to an Arthur Watts double in the first inning, rallied in the third with four runs.

Womack and Shane Hatcher drew walks, Hughes hit an RBI single, Watts walked, R.J. Oliver hit an RBI single and Chase Bomar hit a two-run single.

Tennessee scored a run off two hits in the bottom of the third, but Halifax added four runs in the top of the fourth to lead 8-2.

Shiflet reached base on an error and Hatcher on a fielder’s choice, before Hughes walked and Watts hit an RBI single.

Oliver hit a two-run single, Bomar singled, and Brown reached base on an error to score Oliver.

Halifax scored three runs in the fifth inning for an 11-2 lead, with Shiflet hitting a leadoff double and Womack an RBI single.  Hatcher singled, Hughes hit a bunt single for an RBI, Oliver singled and Bomar reached on an error before a balk plated Oliver.

Tennessee scored its last run on three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Halifax completed the scoring with two runs, starting with a walk to Womack.

Will Miller reached base on an error and Hughes on a fielder’s choice to load the bases, before Watts reached base after being hit by a pitch to plate Womack.

Oliver drew a walk to plate Miller, giving Halifax its final winning margin.

Oliver went the distance on the mound to get the win, allowing seven hits while striking out seven batters in six innings of work.  Oliver did not walk a batter.


West Georgia 15 Halifax County 1

Halifax County was held to only three hits in losing its series opener to West Georgia, scoring its lone run in the fourth inning.

West Georgia scored one run on two hits and a walk in the first inning, four runs on four hits in the third, and 10 runs on eight hits, three walks and two Halifax errors in the fourth inning. 

Oliver walked to start the fourth inning, and Bomar and Brown singled before JoJo Cassada hit an RBI single to plate Oliver.

Halifax had five other base runners for the game, Brown after a walk in the second, Shiflet and Hughes after walks in the third and Hatcher on an error in the third.

Halifax sent two pitchers to the mound against West Georgia, with Davis allowing six hits in three and two-thirds innings, while striking out one batter and walking two.

Miller came on to pitch the final one and one-third innings, allowing three hits while walking three batters.