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Dixie Boys knocked out of World Series

SoVaNow.com / July 29, 2021


The Virginia Dixie Boys All-Stars rallied for a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Texas on Sunday, but would fall 12-7 in the Dixie World Series to end their tournament run.

Halifax opened competition Saturday with a 9-5 win over Tennessee but fell to South Carolina 14-4 in the nightcap. The Sunday game was a must-win in the double-loss elimination setting.

The locals played well in district and state tournaments to advance to Monroe, La., and vie for the World Series title. The team had to win back-to back games over Patrick County in the state tournament to claim the Virginia title.

Coach Dan Powell said he was proud of the effort put forth by the team.

He noted that though the team fell short of their ultimate goal, getting as far as they did will have positive affects throughout the kid’s lives.

In the game with Texas Halifax County fell behind early. Texas posted three runs in the top of the first and second innings for the 6-0.

Halifax had nine errors in the game – five errors would happen during the 6-0 run.

Once Halifax did get its bats going in the bottom of the second, the runs started adding up.

Logan Smith had a leadoff double, and Eli Seamster followed with a RBI double for the 6-1 score. Jackson Lowery drove in Seamster on a hit to left field.

Gaining some momentum Halifax worked a walk from Paul Irby; Conner Crutchfield moved to first on an error at third. Lowery would score, and Cole Bowen singled, plating Irby. Bowen would eventually steal second and score off a Junior Powell groundout.

Colin Mabe reached base before a strikeout and groundout. With two down Smith and Seamster coaxed walks aiding a change of the pitcher by Texas. Mabe scored on a wild pitch for the 7-6 lead.

Texas tied the game at 7-7 at the top of the fourth, then added three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh for the 12-7 final.

Nathan Centers tossed 1-1/3 innings from the mound to open the game. Seamster threw for 2-1/3 in relief and Bowen for 3-1/3 innings. Seamster struck out three batters and Bowen two. Seamster went 2-3 with one run and a RBI.





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