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Defensive errors can be extremely costly in playoff softball, and the Halifax County High School varsity softball team learned that lesson Monday.
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SoVaNow.com / July 25, 2013The Halifax County Junior Dixie Boys have punched their ticket to the World Series, to be held in Columbus Ga., starting Aug. 2.
HC defeated Carroll County, 11-1, Tuesday to collect the Virginia title.
Brayden Moore was on the mound and pitched a complete game. Moore kept Carroll County under wraps, allowing one hit, a first inning triple from Brandt Puckett, who later scored the lone run for the state runner-ups.
Moore finished with six strikeouts and one walk.
The local all-stars provided more than ample run support.
HC scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second, two in the third, and five in the fourth. HC closed it with the slaughter rule win.
Halifax County got an RBI groundout from Dawson Watts and an RBI double from Jake McLamb in the opening inning.
Parker Franklin drilled an RBI triple and Moore added a run-scoring single in the second.
HC added an unearned run in the third. Evan Irby added an RBI double in the third, before two strikeouts ended the inning.
Halifax County ended the suspense with a four-run fourth, sparked by an RBI double from Clay Lloyd and a run-scoring single from McLamb.
Control problems and errors hampered CC in the HC fourth.
HC finished with 12 hits. Lloyd had two doubles, and McLamb also had two hits.
Evan Irby also had two hits in the lopsided win.
HC head coach Donnie Balducci explained the key to the state title run was the overwhelming desire of the players.
“The kids really wanted it, and just heart,man ... they had plenty of heart. When you’ve got a great group of kids like this, you can put them in any position in the lineup ... just a great group of kids,” said Balducci.
HC capitalized on excellent pitching.
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