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Dixie Boys earn trip to World Series

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The Halifax County Dixie Boys went 5-0 in the state tournament to earn a trip to the World Series in August. / July 11, 2019
The Halifax County Dixie Boys all-stars are headed to the the World Series.

The local baseball squad will play in Aiken, S.C., Aug. 2-7. The Virginia all-stars drew a challenging matchup with Louisiana at 10 a.m. on Aug. 3 for the opener.

“They’re going to be tough. I think we can go make some noise,” said coach Matt Gunn.

This is Gunn’s sixth World Series trip, but the first for these particular all-stars. The Dixie 13-14s will be excited on this trip down south.

Halifax County breezed past Madison Heights, 14-2, Sunday. The locals then met Buckingham County, had to wait a day after a rain delay, and then finished Monday with a 3-1 win to seal the state title.

Gunn said this was a total team effort, with sound defense and potential offense throughout the lineup.

Halifax County scored 55 runs and only allowed 11 on the way to a 5-0 run in the state tournament.

The locals scored one run in the sixth and added two in the seventh to clinch a tight win over Buckingham. Trevor Hazelwood had a quality mound outing, striking out 11 in five and two-thirds.

Joshua Gunn got the save in the title game, while allowing one run in the seventh. He had one strikeout.

Gunn got his defense to back him up in the seventh. Finally, Cameron Carson fielded the final out and threw to Gunn for the closing out of the state tournament.

Dakii Chandler provided a key RBI single in the sixth inning. Then, in the seventh, Halifax County loaded the bases and then got timely offense. Carson cracked an RBI single and Hazelwood had a sacrifice fly to get the third run home.

On Sunday, Halifax County routed Madison Heights.

The locals scored nine runs in the first inning, followed by four in the second and one more in the fourth.

Leadoff batter Tyler Collins singled, doubled and walked and scored three runs. Gunn walked and singled and scored once. Carson tripled and doubled and scored once.

Hazelwood walked and scored in the first. D. Chandler singled and walked and scored twice. Comer tripled and scored in the first.

Ryan Duffer singled, walked and had a sacrifice and scored twice.

Christian Newton was hit by a pitch, walked twice and scored two runs.

Greyson Parker was hit by a pitch and scored in the second inning.

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