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Top, Halifax County American Dixie Youth Ozone all-star Jacob Runion is involved in a close play at the plate against Emporia. Above, Tate Bowen of the Halifax Nationals makes a play. / June 25, 2018
Halifax National improved to 2-0 after defeating Brunswick, 11-0, in the Saturday night finale of two days of district Dixie Youth Ozone baseball action at the Dixie Complex.

The winner will go on to the state tournament.

HN had a very strong hitting attack for the second night in a row. The locals put up one run in the second, six in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth on nine hits.

The locals’ big inning came in the third, bolstered by a double from Issac Stevens and a homer from Cameron Carson.

The Halifax squad had four singles in succession in the fifth, from Jamari Craighead, Grayson Parker, Hunter Howerton and Christian Newton. The locals got solid pitching and bottled up Brunswick with seven strikeouts.

Halifax American advanced Saturday in district Ozone play at the Day Complex, defeating Emporia, 5-3.

Halifax American is now 1-1, after rebounding from a tough loss Friday.

The Americans scored one run in the first, two in the second, one in the fifth and on their final run in the sixth. Paul Irby replaced Colin Strohm midway through the game on the mound. E

Emporia was eliminated with the loss.

Emporia attempted to rally in the sixth but fell short.

HA scored in the first as A.J. Owen singled, and Logan Smith later had a single. Irby also walked in the frame.

The locals got two runs in the second. Zach Rhodes and Junior Powell singled in the frame.

HA added two important runs late. Jacob Runion singled and later scored and Powell walked, Zy’eire Perkins also walked as the locals manufactured a run.

Camden Morgan walked, Morgan reached on a fielder’s choice, Rhodes singled, Runion reached on an error, and Powell walked as the locals scratched out their fifth run.

In the Friday opener, Halifax National defeated Emporia 11-0.

HN scored seven runs in the first inning and four in the second. Cameron Carson delivered three RBI, on a one-for-two outing. Graham Parker had two RBI, finishing one-for-two. Greyson Parker went one-for-two with one RBI.

HN collected six hits. The Nationals scored four runs in the second inning. Lukas Newton, Joshua Gunn and Carson scored two runs apiece.

Gunn, Carson, Jamari Craighead, both of the Parker players, and Hunter Oliver had hits for Halifax.

Joshua Gunn and Camerson Carson pitched effectively for the local all-stars.

In the second game Friday, Brunswick doubled up HA, 8-4.

Brunswick scored two runs in the first inning, four in the fourth and two in the sixth. Marvinlee Barnes and Caliyah Owens each had two singles, and both player scored two runs. Austin Burton also walked and singled and scored two runs.

Halifax American picked up one run in the first inning. The Americans scored four in the fifth.

Paul Irby walked, followed by a Zach Rhoades single and a Junior Powell double in the first inning.

HA capitalized on two singles (Irby and Rhoades) in the fifth and an Avery Owen double in the fifth.

The winner of this tournament is headed to South Hill, for state play at Parker Park on July 6.

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