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Major adventure to get to state title
SoVaNow.com / July 22, 2013The South Boston Dixie Majors had a long road to the state championship, especially with a long-winded win over Mecklenburg earlier in the week.
The South Boston Majors improved to 2-1 in the state tournament action following the win over Mecklenburg, with two games still left to play at that point. South Boston ended up winning the state title at two different venues, in Dillwyn and at South Boston’s C.H. Friend Field.
On Thursday night, South Boston defeated Mecklenburg, 6-4, at the Friend Field facility. That game had started in Dillwyn.
It took 50 hours to play game. The contest was twice delayed by rain. SB played three innings the first night, two outs the second night and finished the game against Mecklenburg on the third night, Thursday.
Picking up with the resumption of Thursday’s action, South Boston led 4-1 with two out in the top of the fourth.
South Boston added a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Avery Anderson led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by Andrew Hamlett.
Then, in the bottom of the fifth, William Worley walked and scored on a double by Dylan Hendricks, giving South Boston a 6-1 lead.
It stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when Mecklenburg scored three runs.
Mecklenburg sliced the lead to 6-4. Mecklenburg had managed only run before the late rally effort.
The leadoff batter, Vince Cliborne, drew a walk.
Then, South Boston got the first out on a fielder’s choice. Mecklenburg’s Jeremy Balducci doubled, and then Charlie Mills, grounded out, getting a run home.
Josh Balducci walked and Brett Cliborne had a single to knock in the second run of the inning. Alex Ingram singled, producing the third run of the inning.
Then, with two outs and the tying run at first, Brett Cliborne got thrown out trying to steal third, to end the game.
South Boston finished with nine hits. Avery and Nick Anderson had two hits apiece. South Boston collected one hit apiece by Worley, Joe Martin, Hendricks, Ryan Puryear and Hamlett.
Ford Bradshaw went the first three innings on Tuesday. Bradshaw gave up one run on two hits and had two strikeouts.
Nick Anderson went 3 and 2/3rds of an inning, three hits, three runs and two strikeouts.
Worley pitched a third of an inning, giving up one hit.
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