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Championship on the line

South Boston National won close games against Scottsburg in consecutive nights to advance to the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 O-Zone Tournament championship game.

Facing elimination after an opening night loss to South Boston American, National scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally from behind to a 7-6 win over Scottsburg on Sunday.

A winner-take-all contest Monday night saw National break open a close game in the third inning with a grand slam home run by Troy Ferrell on the way to a 9-5 win over Scottsburg.

Scottsburg had beaten South Boston American on Saturday, and all three teams had one loss after the National win over Scottsburg the next night, with American drawing a bye into Tuesday’s championship game.


SoBo National 9 Scottsburg 5

Hunter Owens and Michael Hudson slugged home runs for Scottsburg, but Troy Ferrell had a pair for South Boston National in a 9-5 win on Monday that eliminated Scottsburg.

A back-and-forth game saw Scottsburg take a 1-0 lead after Owens’ homer to start the game, followed by Ferrell’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

Hudson’s solo home run in the second tied the game for Scottsburg, but National retook the lead in the bottom of the frame on a walk to Dane Dickerson, who stole second and scored on Brandon Davis’ RBI single.

Walks to Will Abdi and Dillon Davis preceded a single by J.D. Powell and a grand slam homer by Ferrell gave National a 7-2 lead after three innings, but Scottsburg rallied with two runs in the top of the fourth on a walk to Jeffrey Cates, RBI single by Shaun Perkins, walk to Colt LaRue and a RBI single by Sam Clark.

National added a run in the fourth on a two-out single by Devyn Moran and a pair of Scottsburg miscues, and Scottsburg plated a run in the top of the fifth on a single by Hudson and an RBI groundout by Cates.

National plated its final run in the fifth on a single by Zack Lowery and a RBI base hit by Austin Carlson.

National used four pitchers in the game, with Lowery hurling the first inning, Dillon Davis the second and third innings.

Moran relieved Davis in the fourth inning, and Ferrell hurled the last two innings.

South Boston pitchers combined to strike out seven batters.

K’Von Scott started the game on the mound for Scottsburg with Owens relieving him in the first inning and pitching until Troy LaRue came to the mound in the fourth inning to finish the game.

Scottsburg pitchers struck out four South Boston batters.


SoBo National 7 Scottsburg 6

A five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning gave National a come-from-behind win over Scottsburg on Sunday.

Scottsburg took a 3-2 lead after one inning, with the Scottsburg runs coming when Owens drew a walk, Cates reached on a fielder’s choice and Perkins singled ahead of RBI hits from LaRue, Sam Clark and Blake Duffer.

National plated its runs on a leadoff single by Dillon Davis and a two-run homer by Lowery, but Scottsburg added a run in the third on a solo home run by Cates.

Scottsburg plated two more runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 6-2 lead after a single by C.J. Miller, RBI single by Owens and RBI groundout by Cates.

National scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning which stood up for the win, with Brandon Davis and Ali Ferrell drawing walks to start the rally.

Dillon Davis hit an RBI single before Troy Ferrell hit a home run to pull National to within one run.

Lowery drew a walk, Carlson slugged an RBI double and Dickerson hit an RBI single to complete the rally.

Scottsburg had one other hit for the game, a second inning single by Ryan Corona, while National also had one other hit, a fourth inning single by Dickerson.

Powell hurled the first four innings for National and finished with three strikeouts, and Ferrell relieved for the final two innings, striking out the side in the sixth inning. 

Perkins pitched the first four innings for Scottsburg and struck out five South Boston batters, and Cates and Scott came to the mound to pitch the fifth inning, with Scott striking out one batter.