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SoBo American O-Zone all-stars win state crown

Alex Lowery pitched a five-inning no-hitter and contributed two hits and three runs scored, and Dexter Dixon Jr. hit a game-clinching home run as the South Boston American O-Zone all-stars defeated Christiansburg 13-3 Wednesday in South Hill for the Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone state title.

Christiansburg had forced an extra game to determine the state championship with a 12-9 win on Tuesday, but South Boston took charge early in Wednesday’s game with five runs in its first at-bat.

A single by Lowery and walks to Dixon and Brandon Morris were followed by a two-run double by Christian Worley and two-run single by Jimmy Wilkins. Josh Dawson and Jared Dawson also drew walks in the inning that staked South Boston to a 5-0 lead.

Christiansburg answered with two runs off a pair of errors and hit batsman to cut the deficit to 5-2 after one inning, but South Boston rallied with five runs on RBI hits by Morris and Seth Dawson, walks to Jonathan Scheiderer, Lowery and Worley and two hit batsmen to make it 10-2.

Christiansburg added a run in the bottom of the second, but South Boston added two runs in the third starting with a single by Lowery, and walks to Dixon and Morris followed by an RBI double by Worley.

Dixon hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning for a 13-3 lead, and Lowery recorded two of his six strikeouts for the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to help South Boston secure the state championship.


Christiansburg 12 South Boston American 9

Christiansburg scored eight runs in the second inning and forced an extra game to decide the state title with a 12-9 win on Tuesday.

Worley reached base after being hit by a pitch and scored on a Lowery double in the first inning, but Christiansburg scored eight runs with the help of four home runs in the second frame.

South Boston rallied with seven runs in the fourth inning including a two-run double by Worley, single by Lowery and two runs driven in by Morris when he reached base on an error.

Josh Dawson, Dixon and Wilkins drew walks for South Boston that helped tie the game at 8-8, and both teams added a run in the fifth inning, South Boston’s run coming off a home run by Morris.

Christiansburg won the game with three runs off two hits in the sixth inning including a home run. 

South Boston used four pitchers in the game, including Jared Dawson, Worley, Morris and Lowery, who combined to strike out five batters.