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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Dixie Majors drop opener

SoVaNow.com / July 29, 2013
The local Dixie Majors dropped their opener Saturday in World Series action in North Charleston, S.C.

The Virginia champions fell to the Georgia champions, 11-3. The Virginia champs were set to continue the tournament yesterday afternoon against the host team, North Charleston.

Virginia managed only five hits in the loss, with Joe Martin getting two hits.

Ryan Puryear, William Worley and Jacob New had one apiece.

Ten Virginia hitters struck out.

In the bottom of the first, Georgia scored one run on one hit.

In the bottom of the third, Georgia scored two runs on one hit and an error, along with a couple of walks.

Then, in the top of the fourth, the Virginia champs scored two runs to cut the margin to 3-2.

Worley led off with a single and Martin and Dylan Hendricks walked.

The two runs scored on an error after a ball hit by Ryan Puryear.

In the bottom of the fourth, Georgia broke the game open with five runs on six hits. Georgia held an 8-2 lead at that point.

Georgia added three more runs on two hits, a walk and an error in the bottom of the sixth.

The local all-stars added a run in the top of the seventh. Conner walked, and New singled. Worley had an RBI sacrifice fly.

Virginia used four pitchers, including Ford Bradshaw, who worked two innings.

Derek Conner had one inning of work, while Nick Anderson had one and Worley two.

Virginia hurt its cause with five errors, struggling through a tough outing.

The local all-stars had problems with pitching, defense and hitting against tough competition.

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