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The Halifax American Minors won the district title over Emporia Wednesday in Lawrenceville and is headed to the state tournament. From left, first row, Carter Thomasson, Anthony Wilborn, Gabe Matthews, Neyland Wallace, Kaden McClelland, Peyton Crenshaw.  Second row, Mason Rush, Gabe Cash, Cameron Parkman, Jay Farmer, Grady Upchurch, Griffin Bryant. Third row, Michael Crenshaw, Pam Wallace, Rob Wallace. / June 25, 2018
The Halifax County Americans are headed to the state Dixie Youth minor league tournament beginning July 13 in Blackstone .

Halifax downed Emporia, 15-5, Wednesday in Lawrenceville, after the mercy rule was invoked.

Halifax had to forge a win in comeback fashion, sparked by an eight-run rally in the second inning.

Grady Upchurch pitched in the first inning for the locals. Emporia led 3-1 after the first. Carter Thomasson doubled, and Gabe Matthews and Upchurch walked, with Thomasson scoring the first run.

The second inning proved to be important for the Americans.

Upchurch pitched. Kaden McClelland, Thomasson, Matthews, and Upchurch lined singles. Gabe Cash, Anthony Wilborn, Peyton Crenshaw and Mason Rush walked. Cameron Parkman was hit by a pitch. Cash, Wilborn, Parkman, McClelland, Crenshaw, Rush, Thomasson and Gabe Matthews scored. Halifax led, 9-3, after two.

Halifax padded its lead in the third, to 13-4.

Upchurch pitched. Wallace, Crenshaw, Matthews got singles. Upchurch cracked a double. Rush delivered a triple. Thomasson and Cash walked. Wallace, Cash, Crenshaw, and Rush scored.

Halifax added two more runs in the fourth to get to the mercy rule.

Jay Farmer pitched. Parkman and Crenshaw got singles. Wallace walked. Parkman and Wallace scored. Rush grounded out to second base but knocked in Wallace, who capped the scoring. The Americans brought Griffin Bryant in during the third, Farmer in for the fourth and Gabe Cash during the fourth.

Halifax also had a defensive highlight.

Carter Thomasson turned a double play in the third by catching a drive at short and throwing the ball to first baseman Gabe Matthews to catch the runner off guard.

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