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SoVaNow.com / July 22, 2013Halifax American began its run for a state title on Friday, in South Hill, at Dixie Youth Baseball’s eighth annual 2013 O-Zone State Tournament, going 2-0 in its first two games.
In Friday action Halifax defeated Christiansburg 10-3 in six innings and then took out Rustburg on Saturday night in an 11-0 game that was halted in the fourth due to the mercy rule.
Halifax was scheduled to play Galax 7 p.m., Sunday. Galax is also 2-0 after wins over Vinton on Friday and South Hill in its Saturday evening game.
Halifax Americans 10, Christiansburg 3
Halifax’s bats were hot out the gate on Friday evening. Christian Worley smacked a lead off single to right field. Josh Dawson followed with a drive back to the pitcher and Alex Lowery hit a grounder to the shortstop.
All three players reached base on errors and loaded the bases before Dexter Dixon was walked.
Brandon Morris knocked a hit to short and Seth Dawson powered a double to help bring his teammates home. Worley, Dawson, Lowery and Morris scored to give Halifax a 4-0 top of the first lead.
Halifax picked up two more runs in the third inning. Lowery was walked and did some nice base running to get in scoring position. Dexter Dixon drove a hit pass second and plated Lowery for a RBI. Dixon went on to score in the inning for the 6-0 lead.
Christiansburg got its first run in the fourth when Sisson was walked and eventually made it home off of errors. The 6-1 score didn’t stand long as Halifax put its final four scores on the board in the fifth.
Lowery singled and Dixon made it to first after being hit by a pitch. Seth Dawson singled and Jimmy Wilkins drew a walk.
Jared Dawson got a nice hit to left field for a single and a RBI. Lowery, Dixon, S. Dawson and J. Dawson scored for the 10-1 score.
Christiansburg got its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth off of a Seebring walk and a Durham hit.
Halifax Americans 11, Vinton 0
Halifax didn’t give Vinton an opportunity to do anything in this game. The Americans scored four runs in the first, one in the second, four in the third and closed out the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Halifax opened with a Worley lead off walk, Lowery reach base after an error on second.
Dixon, Morris, S. Dawson and Jimmy Wilkins all followed with singles. Worley, Lowery, Dixon and Morris scored for the 4-0 lead.
Corey Moore scored in the second after being hit by a pitch and eventually being plated by Worley who got on base after an error on the right fielder.
In the third inning Lowery singled and Morris walked. S. Dawson hit into a 6/3 out but still helped to advance the base runners.
After being hit by the ball, Wilkins got on base. J. Dawson followed with a single and Moore hit a RBI single.
J. Dawson, Wilkins, Morris and Lowery were plated to make the score 9-0.
Halifax shut the game down when Lowery and Dixon scored after reaching base on errors by the shortstop and right fielder, respectively.
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