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Babe Ruth 13-15 olds ousted in final round of state play / July 24, 2019
The 13-15 year old South Hill Babe Ruth All-Stars traveled to Arlington over the weekend of July 12 to participate in the Babe Ruth of Virginia State Tournament.

The South Hill team, having acquitted themselves well in the early rounds — defeating Arlington and Greater Loudoun County in doubleheader play on Friday — returned to action Sunday morning and defeated Gloucester, 8-2.

On Monday, South Hill met up with the other undefeated team in the tournament, host Arlington. (It was the second Arlington team from that area to make the tourney.) South Hill had already beaten the Arlington All-Stars, but unfortunately the local squad couldn’t keep their winning streak alive against the other Arlington squad and dropped a heartbreaker, 4-3.

With that loss South Hill was sent to the loser’s bracket to face Stafford. The winner earned the right to move on to face host Arlington for the championship and would need to beat them twice in the double elimination tournament. Stafford was no match for South Hill as the locals took the victory in convincing fashion, 15-4, to move on to face Arlington at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

While the morning start time would ordinarily promise more moderate temperatures, that wasn’t the case in Northern Virginia last week. Air temperatures were hovering near 90 degrees at game time with “feels like” temperatures already in the 100s.

Arlington, as the home team, jumped out to an early lead in the contest, scoring a run in the bottom of the first and three runs in the bottom of the second to go up 4-0. South Hill cut into the margin in the top of the third when Cullen Corum and Logan Harrup scored, giving the local crew some momentum

But Arlington added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 6-2, and Arlington would never trail afterwards.

South Hill didn’t give up, however. In fact they gave the home team a scare in the top of the fifth when Trey Mitchell, J. L. Temple, Alex Townsend and Logan Harrup all crossed the plate to tie up at the score at 6-all. But Arlington responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead back for good, 9-6.

Harrison Harper got the start on the mound for South Hill with Nick Reed providing middle relief and Trey Mitchell coming in late.

It is difficult to label the trip to the state tournament as anything less than successful for these young men. They represented their area well and South Hill Babe Ruth and the community should take pride in their accomplishments. Not only did the team finish as runners-up in the state tournament, they were also awarded the Don Rose Memorial Trophy for exhibiting the best sportsmanship during the tournament.

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