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Jr. Boys one game from World Series berth

The Halifax County Dixie Junior Boys all-star baseball game is one win away from a trip to the World Series.

Halifax County dominated Monday night’s Dixie Junior Boys Virginia State Tournament game against Franklin County at the Day Complex in South Boston, eliminating Franklin County from the tournament with a 22-0 win in a game stopped after five innings under a slaughter rule.

Last night, undefeated Halifax County was slated to face Carroll County at 5 p.m. in the state tournament championship game. If Carroll County managed to get the win in that game, the two teams were to turn around and face each other in a second game to determine the championship.

Halifax County handed Carroll County its loss in the state tournament, downing Carroll County 28-10 Saturday night in the opening round of the tournament.

It was all Halifax County in Monday night’s game, a game that quickly turned into no contest.

Dawson Watts, Josh Barker and Jake McLamb teamed up to put together a solid pitching performance for Halifax County. Combined, the trio held Franklin County to two hits, a double and a single in the bottom of the fourth inning, and yielded four walks.

Watts, the starting pitcher, allowed no hits, fanned three Franklin County batters, and allowed only one walk before leaving the game with two out in the bottom of the third inning.

Both of Franklin County’s hits came off of Barker, but Barker had a good outing as well, striking out two batters while yielding three walks. McLamb closed out the game for Halifax County facing the final two batters in the fifth inning.

None of the three pitchers were in any difficulty during the game. Pitching changes were made by the team’s coaches on the basis of pitch counts.

Offensively, Halifax County pounded Franklin County with 24 hits. Brayden Moore led Halifax County with a 4-5 night at the plate that included two RBIs. Clay Lloyd, Josh Barker and Parker Franklin each had three hits, with Franklin getting four RBIs and Lloyd and Barker getting two RBIs.

McLamb, Patrick Salley and Scott Nester had two hits each, and Watts, Evan Irby, Hunter Watts and Will Schier each had one hit.

Halifax County jumped on top early, taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Adding eight runs in the top of the second inning with the help of a run-scoring triple from McLamb and a three-RBI triple from Franklin, Halifax County extended its lead to 12-0.

Five more runs in the third inning put Halifax County up 17-0, and another five spot in the top of the fifth inning accounted for the team’s 22 runs.