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Dixie Majors finish 1-2 in state tournament

SoVaNow.com / July 12, 2017
The South Boston Dixie Majors finished 1-2 in state tournament play in South Hill. The local all-stars were eliminated with an 11-4 loss to Buckingham on Sunday.

South Boston could not generate enough consistent offense.

In the first inning, Arthur Watts doubled, but was stranded. Jacob McKinney singled in the second inning, but was left on base.

Buckingham took a 2-0 lead in the third, on one hit, one walk and two errors. South Boston got two runs in the fourth, sparked by a leadoff walk to A. Watts. McKinney hit a double, and there were walks to Josh Barker, Zach Chappell and Hunter Watts.

Buckingham responded with four runs on four hits, one walk and an SB error. South Boston picked up its final two runs in the fifth. Jake Hughes drew a leadoff walk, and Arthur Watts reached on an error. Kelonte Gutrich cracked a two-run double.

Buckingham had one run on a walk and a hit in its half of the fifth. Buckingham sealed the deal in the sixth with four runs on three hits and three walks.

South Boston could not muster any more offense and was eliminated.

As for the mound duty for South Boston, Dawson Watts worked five innings, with four strikeouts and three walks. He gave up eight hits.

K. Gutrich worked two-thirds of an inning, with one walk and three hits allowed. Hunter Langford allowed two walks and Ty Winters went one-third of an inning.

On Saturday, South Boston defeated Powhatan, 8-7.

Powhatan took an early lead in the first inning when the all-stars got a leadoff walk and eventually pushed the runner home on an error.

South Boston rallied in its half of the first, as Hunter Langford walked, Blake Sanford hit an RBI single, Gutrich reached on an error, and Arthur Watts socked an RBI double. Josh Barker also had a hit in the inning.

In the second inning, Powhatan had back to back singles, with one score on a wild pitch and one unearned run on an error.

In the third, Powhatan had a leadoff walk and one run scored.

South Boston answered in its half of the third.

Dawson Watts reached on by error, and Barker walked. Ty Winters gets on by reached on an error and two runs scored.

In the fifth, Powhatan got two runs off two hits.

South Boston scored twice in its half of the fifth. Ty Winters singled, while Zach Chappell walked. Sam Clark was hit by a pitch and Hunter Langford drew a walk.

Powhatan drew within one run in its half of the sixth on three walks and one hit. South Boston threatened in the sixth, including a double by Arthur Watts, a single by Jacob McKinney and a walk to Chappell.

Powhatan did not score in the seventh and fell short in this tournament game.

As for the pitching, Josh Barker was the starting pitcher. He worked 2 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts, five walks and three hits.

Ty Winters went 2 1/3 innings, with two strikeouts, one walk, one hit by pitch, three hits. Mauricio Garza worked a third of an inning and allowed three walks.

Dawson Watts went one and two-thirds of an inning, with two strikeouts.

In the tournament opener Friday, South Boston fell to Goochland, 7-1.

Both teams mounted threats in the third, but could not score.

Goochland had two hits.

South Boston two walks to D. Watts and Gutrich, but could not get either runner home.

Goochland scores once in the fourth, sparked by a hit batsman and an RBI single.

South Boston scored one run in its half of the fourth. Barker reached by error. Ty Winters also reached on a fielder’s choice. Winters scored on a Hunter Watts double and Loftis followed with a single.

Goochland added two runs in the fifth, including one hit and two South Boston errors.

In the sixth, Goochland continued to roll, scoring two hits off a walk, with one hit and two errors.

Hunter Watts doubled for the local all-stars in the sixth, but was stranded.

In the seventh, Goochland scored two runs off a pair of hits, and a South Boston error. Goochland also had a sacrifice fly to finish off its scoring.

Jacob McKinney pitched 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts, with two batters hit by a pitch. He also walked one and allowed seven hits. D. Watts also worked two-thirds of an inning to close the game.

South Boston had five errors in the game, with four hits. Hunter Watts had two doubles, while Kelonte Gutrich and Dakota Loftis had one hit apiece.



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