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SoBo American takes O-Zone title

The team that scored first had lost in each of the first four games of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 O-Zone Tournament at the Day Complex in South Boston.

South Boston American reversed that trend in Tuesday’s championship game, but it still had to rally from a 4-3 deficit with a three-run fifth inning to take a 6-4 win over South Boston National and advance to the Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone State Tournament beginning July 19 in South Hill.

American came out swinging in Tuesday’s title game, with leadoff hitter Christian Worley hitting a single, and the next batter, Josh Dawson getting another base hit ahead of Alex Lowery’s two-run single.

National wasted little time tying the score with two runs in the top of the second inning, following the pattern set by American, with a leadoff single by Austin Carlson and another base hit by Dane Dickerson.

An error and RBI groundout by Ali Ferrell produced two runs and a 2-2 tie that was broken by American in the bottom of the third inning after Jonathan Scheiderer hit a leadoff single.

Daniel Lacks reached base after being hit by a pitch, Worley reached on a fielder’s choice and Josh Dawson singled ahead of Lowery’s RBI sacrifice fly, which scored Lacks.

National scored a run with two outs in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 3-3 when Carlson singled, stole second base, advanced to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch, and National took a one-run lead in the top of the fifth.

Brandon Davis reached base on an error to start the inning and later scored on an RBI single by Dillon Davis, but American rallied with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning starting when Corey Moore drew a walk with one out.

Josh Dawson, Lowery and Dexter Dixon Jr. each reached base on errors to produce three runs and a 6-4 lead for American.

National tried to rally in the top of the sixth inning on a leadoff single by Zack Lowery, who got as far as third base before being tagged out while trying to steal home.

Two strikeouts ended the game.

American collected one other hit for the game, a second inning single by Jimmy Wilkins, and it used two pitchers for the contest, with Brandon Morris hurling the first one and two-thirds innings.

Lowery came to the mound and pitched the final four and one-third innings, finishing with seven strikeouts.

J.D. Powell pitched one-third inning for National before Zack Lowery came to the mound to complete the first inning.

Lowery pitched until relieved by Troy Ferrell in the third inning, and Ferrell pitched the remainder of the game for National, finishing with four strikeouts.