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Halifax American gunning for district title / June 21, 2018
The Halifax American Dixie Youth minors all-stars were set to play Emporia last night to settle the district championship.

The action was scheduled for Lawrenceville at 7 p.m.

Coach Rob Wallace said the local all-stars are playing very well. The team has bought into the coaching staff’s philosophy, and playing with solid chemistry.

Halifax lost to Emporia Monday, 6-2.

Emporia beat South Hill Tuesday night. Now, it’s a one-game showdown for the district title.

The state Minors tournament will be held in Blackstone, later in July.

HA had five hits in the loss. Mason Rush and Carter Thomasson delivered two apiece and Neyland Wallace chipped in with one base hit.

Emporia got rolling early, scoring one run in its first inning and three in the third. HA partially closed the gap with a two-run hit by Thomasson in its half of the fourth. But Emporia later added two runs and sailed to a 6-2 victory.

Earlier, HA picked up its third win in the tournament with a 17-10 victory over Brunswick in Sunday night action.

Halifax had 17 hits in the game, with Mason Rush and Gabe Cash leading the local all-stars with three hits apiece. Carter Thomasson and Gabe Matthews added two hits.

The Americans established momentum early, scoring eight runs in the first and four more runs in the top of the third.

Carter Thomasson pitched the first inning for the Americans. He allowed no hits or runs. Mason Rush had a double. Peyton Crenshaw, Gabe Matthews, Gabe Cash, Cameron Parkman and Griffin

Bryant had singles. Carter Thomasson, Jay Farmer, and Neyland Wallace walked.

Thomasson pitched the second inning, and again allowed no hits or runs.

Thomasson got a single. Farmer hit into a fielder’s choice.

As for the third inning, Gabe Matthews pitched one-thirds of the frame.

Farmer pitched in relief for two-thirds of the inning.

HA stayed active on the offensive side.

Anthony Wilborn lined a triple. Grady Upchurch smacked a double. Cash and Rush had singles. Wallace walked.

Bryant, Wallace and Crenshaw pitched for HA in the fourth. Parkman and Rush had doubles.

Thomasson, Matthews and Kaden McClelland had singles.

Upchurch completed the fifth and sixth innings for HA.

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