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Lions slip past Powhatan for baseball title

SoVaNow.com / May 20, 2013

The Halifax County Middle School baseball team clinched the Southside Middle School tournament crown with a 2-1 win over Powhatan Wednesday.

HCMS concluded its season with a 13-1 mark overall.

Pitching ruled in the baseball championship.

“It was a classic pitching duel. The game was over in an hour and 15 minutes,” Lion coach Jody Nelson said. Andrew Abbott went the distance. “He threw extremely well. It was probably the best game I’ve ever seen pitched live, all the way from middle school to the professional level.” Abbott threw just 74 pitches in seven innings.

“That tells you right there how efficient he was,” said Nelson.

Abbott struck out ten Powhatan batters, allowing two hits with no walks.

Powhatan got one unearned run, helped by a Lion error.

HCHS got just enough to get past Powhatan.

In the top of the first, Tyler Duffer drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on an Abbott double. Then, Evan Irby produced an RBI sacrifice fly.

The Lions got the winning run in their half of the fifth.

Drew Lester came off the bench for Eric Brandon. He got a one-out single.

Brandon reentered, and stole second. Will Scheier bunted Brandon to third, and Brandon scored two pitches later on a wild pitch.

Nelson is proud of this spirited team, without a lot of pure baseball power. But this scrappy team worked hard, and it showed. Nelson also has a strong core group of eight returnees.



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