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A lucky number for Old Timers baseball

The older boys of summer, otherwise known as the Halifax County Old Timers Baseball League, opened their 13th season Sunday at the Halifax County High School baseball field.

The season was dedicated to the memory of former player Jim Slaughter and former league umpire Freddie Canada, with Jim Slaughter’s son, Jimmy Slaughter, tossing the ceremonial first pitch.

Jim Slaughter was the first inductee into the Old Timers Baseball League Hall of Fame.

League Commissioner Tigue Day presented a plaque to Matt Hunt in recognition of Hunt’s winning the league’s triple crown last season.  Hunt led the league in home runs, batting average and runs batted in.

Day presented a plaque to Ann Harris of South Boston Tees signifying the selection of South Boston Teems to the Old Timers Baseball League Hall of Fame as a sponsor, before Day himself received a plaque signifying his selection to the Old Timers Baseball League Hall of Fame.

The league opened play with two games Sunday, with Bistro 1888/Crowell Motor Co./C&C rally from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Bug Company South/Palmer Properties/Newton 10-6 in game one.

Game two saw True Value/Edward Jones Investments/McGhee Insurance take an 8-3 lead after three innings and hold on to beat Heritage House/Thomas Brothers Body Shop/South Boston Tees 8-5.

Bistro/Crowell/C&C finished with 10 hits, while Bug Co./Palmer/Newton had eight hits in game one.

Heritage/Thomas Bros./SoBo Tees finished with 10 hits and True Value/Edward Jones and McGhee had nine hits in game two.