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Clarksville, South Hill O-Zone All Stars eliminated in division play / June 19, 2019

Neither Mecklenburg County “O” Zone team will be playing in the Dixie Youth state tournament this year. Clarksville and South Hill have both bowed out of the Division 2 double elimination tournament held over the weekend at Parker Park in South Hill.

Clarksville fell to Brunswick in the opening round and was relegated to the loser’s bracket. Clarksville and South Hill, which had lost to Emporia in round one, would face off in the loser’s bracket game with South Hill getting the victory.

That earned them the right to play Emporia Greensville for a shot at advancing deep in the tournament. Emporia-Greensville County had lost to Brunswick County and needed to defeat South Hill in the loser’s bracket to move on.

With elimination staring them in the face, the South Hill boys played well but fell in heartbreaking fashion as E-G scored four runs in the bottom of the final inning to take a 6-5 victory.

The South Hill All-Stars scored a run in the top of the first when Ashton Jackson crossed the plate.

E-G took the lead in the bottom of the second on runs by Nathan Wells and Cedric Jarrell Jr.

South Hill’s Matthew Lynch scored one run in the top of the fourth to tie it up and that’s how it stayed until the top of the seventh.

Jaiden Phillips led off for South Hill in the top of the seventh with a single and then scored when Chase Homiak ripped a double to deep right field. Adam Jones then hit a single to right field, advanced to second on the error, stole third and was scored when Ashton Moseley hit into a fielder’s choice, giving South Hill a 4-1 lead.

Credit goes to the Emporia-Greensville kids for not giving up. They came to bat in the bottom of the seventh needing three runs to tie and instead they got four for the win.

Javonte Tucker, Nathan Wells and Nyheim Walker scored to tie it up and then Tyler Jarratt drove in Patrick Brown for the game winner.

Emporia earned the right to play Brunswick County for the championship. Brunswick, undefeated in the tournament, has the upper hand since E-G must beat them twice to win the double elimination tournament. Game action that was scheduled for Monday evening will now be played on Tuesday. A thunderstorm passed through Parker Park on Monday and left the fields too wet to play, forcing a potential doubleheader on Tuesday.

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