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HC National heading to state tournament

South Boston News / June 28, 2018
A potent Halifax County National Dixie Youth ozone team is headed next to South Hill for the state tournament at Parker Park.

The locals will take on the host team, South Hill, in action starting July 6. The Virginia winner is headed to the Dixie Youth Ozone World Series in Lumberton, N.C.

HC National clinched the district 2 championship Monday night after showing strength in all three phases of the game. The local all-stars went unbeaten and outscored the opposition 31-0.

The Nationals blanked Halifax County American by a 9-0 count Monday.

Cameron Carson started and went five innings. Joshua Gunn finished, and between them the pitchers struck out 10. Halifax American managed one hit.

HC National had seven hits, as Hunter Oliver and Gunn slapped two apiece.

Carson, Christian Newton and Graham Parker each collected one hit.

Zy’eire Perkins had the lone hit for Halifax County American.

HC National also drew six walks.

Strong mound work by Carson and Gunn kept Halifax American at bay.HC National established solid early momentum with a five-run outburst in the second inning.

C. Newton cracked a two-run single and Oliver delivered a two-run double. Hunter Howard also scored on a wild pitch.

Halifax County American, which had a fine tournament, survived elimination Sunday night with a 6-5 win over Brunswick.

Logan Smith delivered a two-run homer in the fifth inning for HA, which rallied in the bottom of the fifth to secure the one-run victory.

American had six hits in the contest, including hits by A.J. Owen, Jacob Runion, Colin Strohm, Paul Irby and Mason Gano.

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