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Halifax 13s win state title, head for Dixie World Series
SoVaNow.com / July 21, 2014The Halifax Dixie Youth Baseball Junior Boys delivered a state championship on Sunday, defeating Madison Heights, 13-3, to move on to World Series competition in Bossier City, La.
The state tournament, held in Grayson County was tight through the first inning — but after the first, the game belonged to Halifax.
The game began as Madison Heights’ C. Roby and T. Byers reached base on a single and fielder’s choice, respectively. Roby was later out on a 5-4 play; Byers was left on base.
Halifax jumped out the gate quickly in the first, making hard contact at the plate. Leadoff batter Jeffrey Cates was out on a 5-3 play after getting a solid hit.
With one down, Zander Strohm stroked a double. Shaun Perkins followed with a single to drive in Strohm. After Perkins was left on base, the first inning ended with the score 1-0, Halifax on top.
Madison Heights knotted the score at one-all in the top of the second. T. Counter hit a single to right field and later scored, aided by a S. Keenan double.
Troy Ferrell got a leadoff double for Halifax in the bottom of the second, but was stranded on base after reaching third.
Madison Heights’ Roby was left on base at the top of the third, after hitting a single. Halifax then plated three runs in the bottom of the frame to make the score 4-1.
Cates scorched a double to open Halifax’s half of the inning. Strohm and Perkins drew walks, as did Dillon Davis. The slew of walks came with one out, after Cates was tagged out after trying to advance to third.
Ferrell crushed a double to score Strohm and Perkins. Tyler Mabe provided a single to send Davis home. That put Halifax up 4-1.
Halifax all but sealed the game in the fourth inning by plating five runs – batting around the order, plus one.
Cates led off in the bottom of the fourth with a double, then went on to score. He also plated a run on his second at-bat in the inning.
Perkins and Seth Dawson had singles in the inning; Ferrell added a sacrifice fly. All three hits were good for RBIs.
Davis reached base on a third-base error and went on to score. Strohm, Mabe and J.D. Powell each drew base on balls – helping Halifax to take a 9-1 lead into the fifth inning of the state competition.
B. Crouch and Ellenger scored Madison Heights’ final runs to end their World Series hopes. Crouch hit a single and Ellenger drew a walk to get on base.
Crouch and Ellenger later scored, aided by a Roby single and a H. Hurley double for the 9-3 score.
Halifax secured the win in the sixth inning scoring four.
Mabe (single), Powell (hit-by-pitch) and Josh Dawson (RBI single) went on to score in the sixth. Cates moved to first after being hit at the plate.
Strohm and Perkins each had RBIs to end the game. Perkins got a double in the process and sending Cates home for the 13-3 celebration.
In earlier action: The all-stars won its first game in state tournament action, dropping Madison Heights 15-5 in six innings.
Dixon went 1-3, with a bunt single in the first inning. He scored on a triple by Strohm, who went 2-3 in the game.
Perkins was 2-3 with three RBI. Davis went 2-4 with one RBI. Mabe was 2-4 with an RBI. JD Powell had a big bases loaded, two-out double in bottom of the third that cleared the bases, when the game was 4-3. Powell went 2-4 in the game and had three RBI.
Troy Ferrell started on the mound and pitched well. Ferrell pitched three innings, striking out five. He did not walk a batter and gave up one hit. Powell, Strohm, Mabe, and Josh Dawson also pitched.
The allstars picked up their second win beating Carroll County, 5-1.
The big blow in the game came in the top of the fifth inning. With the game at 2-1 in favor of Halifax. Perkins came up with two men on and two out. Perkins hit a 3-2 pitch way over the left center fence for a three-run home run.
Davis pitched ‘great’, starting on the mound and pitching four innings, according to the coaches. Davis threw only 42 pitches. He struck out three, gave up three hits, with no walks. Perkins tossed one inning and Dawson closed it out the last two innings.
Jeffrey Cates, 1-3 with a double; Strohm, 1-4 single; Perkins 2-4, 4 RBI single, HR; Davis, 1-3 single; Ferrell, 2-3 RBI 2 singles.
Cates made a big diving catch in center field on a well hit ball in the bottom of the seventh.
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