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Halifax County fighting to advance in state Little League tournament

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Leo Bollinger started for the Halifax County Little League intermediate all-stars Friday night against Virginia Beach. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / July 10, 2017
Lined up against a state tournament field, the local Halifax County all-stars are making a fine showing in the Little League Intermediate Division tournament at Scottsburg this weekend.

Halifax County served as the state host in action at the Scottsburg ballpark.

Halifax split two games in the state event, losing to Virginia Beach Friday night and then sending Fort Hunt home after a stout power show on Saturday.

The teams moved into the third round Sunday. Six teams were still alive before the start of diamond action, including the local all-stars, Strasburg, Atlee, Phoebus, Alexandria, and Virginia Beach.

Halifax downed Fort Hunt, 12-6, Saturday. The locals went deep five times off homers to break this open.

Trevor Hazelwood cracked three dingers, including a three-run shot and two solo jobs. Kolby Fisher had a two-run shot and Christian Midkiff belted a solo homer.

Halifax scored once in the second inning and two in the third. The locals had two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Halifax had an excellent afternoon at the plate, smacking 22 hits.

Fisher recorded eight strikeouts and got the win.

Fort Hunt, one of two Alexandria area teams in the tournament, scored one in the first, two in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, and one in the sixth. Fort Hunt missed some scoring opportunities, despite 16 hits.

The momentum changer came in the Halifax sixth. The locals had two on, and a balk moved runners into scoring position. Hazelwood then stepped up and jacked a three-run homer, lifting Halifax to an 11-5 advantage.

Halifax led 5-4 at the end of the fourth inning.

Hazelwood ripped a solo shot over right centerfield for a 6-4 lead in the top of the fifth. Midkiff later followed with an outfield shot that flew off the glove of a Fort Hunt outfielder and over the fence. That blast gave Halifax a 7-4 lead.

Fisher earlier blasted a two-run shot over the centerfield fence to lift the locals to a 5-3 advantage in their half of the fourth inning.

FRIDAY OPENER: Halifax struggled to keep pace with Virginia Beach Friday, falling 8-4. Both teams had seven hits.

Virginia Beach capitalized on control issues from the Halifax staff, drawing nine walks. Virginia Beach scored once in the third, three in fourth, four more runs in the fifth, sparked by a Matt Norman homer.

Matt Chess went three-for-four and Nick Beatty was two-for-four, and Jacob Cress was the winning pitcher.

Halifax scored three in the fourth and one in the sixth, as DeVal Ballou socked a solo homer.

Halifax played well defensively at times, but just could not establish pitching consistency.





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