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SoVaNow.com / May 16, 2013
The HCMS baseball team enjoyed a balanced effort Tuesday, holding off a pesky Central squad, 11-10, to advance to Wednesday’s Southside Middle School finals against Powhatan, on the road.

Lion head coach Jody Nelson noted the team played well and was very potent in its offensive execution. HCMS was eventually able to get the job done, holding off the visitors.

Halifax picked up four runs on three hits in the first inning, followed by a six-run, four hit third. Halifax eventually scratched out the winning run in the fifth. HCHS had a 10-3 lead before Central of Charlotte almost rallied.

But the Lions made that fifth inning run stand up.

Andrew Abbott walked and Matt Ratliff plated Abbott for the winning run with a crisp two-out hit past the Central shortstop. Abbott had a strong game, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Ratliff also had a clutch performance, with two hits, a walk and a pair of RBI.

Abbott connected with an RBI triple in the first, while Evan Irby and Ratliff had RBI singles in the first. Holt Powell also had an RBI sacrifice.

Halifax added six runs on four hits in the third. Abbott stroked a two-run single, while Jake McLamb had an RBI single. Brayden Moore also cracked a run-scoring single and Eric Brandon had an RBI single. Brandon scored on a wild pitch.

Abbott had a strong game, and HCMS got solid production from its bench. HCMS finished with nine hits.

Halifax did have to use some pitching to advance in the tournament. Nelson used five pitchers.

Abbott worked one and two-thirds of an inning, fanning four and walking one in a scoreless stint.

B. Moore followed, recording the win. Moore worked two and a thirds of an inning, fanning three. He allowed four hits and three runs.

Clay Lloyd worked one inning, with four hits allowed and three runs. Alex Lowery went an inning and two-thirds, fanning one. He allowed four hits and four runs. Will Scheier went a third of an inning, fanning one and allowing two hits, while not allowing any runs.

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