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Majors two games away from title / July 12, 2017
The Mecklenburg Dixie Majors All-Stars kept their dreams of making the Dixie World Series alive on Monday by soundly defeating Franklin County 13-0 in a no-hitter to advance to Tuesday night action.

Mecklenburg is now two games away from the state title. Mecklenburg was scheduled to play Buckingham Tuesday after Buckingham defeated Goochland on Monday night. The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to play Goochland in the championship game on Wednesday.

Halifax-South Boston and Powhatan both bowed out of the tournament on days two and three, respectively. The tournament for the Majors All-Stars (ages 15-19) is being hosted in South Hill.

On day one of the tournament, Mecklenburg faced off against Buckingham and won 1-0 in an eight-inning battle. The team had Saturday off but played Goochland on Sunday and experienced their first loss of the tournament, 6-4.

The Goochland loss stung a bit, according to the players, as the six runs were all unearned and all came in the second inning. But by Monday, the county all-stars were back in top playing form and exhibited it in the Franklin game.

In Monday night’s contest, Mecklenburg’s DJ Reed drew the walk to get on first. With one out, Cameron Rogerson sent a hit to left field that was mishandled. Rogerson was able cross home plate for the 1-0 lead.

Mecklenburg added five runs in the second inning. Mecklenburg’s lead-off batter Kendrick Goldman hit into a 4-3 out. Teammates Nate Nowlin and Jaiden Walker drew a walk and drilled out a double, respectively.

Josh Elias reached base after being hit by a pitch. Reed was on base after an error at the mound and Zack Keeton added a single. Nowlin, Barker, Elias, Reed and Keeton all scored for the 6-0 score.

The third inning was when Mecklenburg sealed the win, scorching Franklin for seven runs. Mecklenburg once again opened with a 4-3 putout, but from there went on a tear, scoring six runs before the second out was registered.

Goldman hit a single and Nowlin reached on an error at third. Baker drew a walk, while Elias, Reed and Keeton knocked out singles. All six base runners went on to score.

Mecklenburg’s final score of the game came when David Cleaton destroyed a pitch for the homerun and the 13-0 victory.

Keeton got the win for Mecklenburg; Noah Forbes came in on relief. Together they combined for a no-hit outing. Franklin went down in order in each inning and only managed to get bat-on-ball five times.

Goochland 6, Mecklenburg 4

Sunday saw a game slip away from Mecklenburg as a consequence of too many errors by the locals. Mecklenburg had one bad inning, the second, but that frame would be the deciding factor in the loss.

Mecklenburg jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first. Cameron Rogerson hit a single; Zach Keeton followed with a double. Rogerson and Keeton scored; Logan Jackson singled but was left on base.

Mecklenburg put up one more run in the second. Jaiden Baker blasted a lead-off triple and eventually scored. Nate Newton, Rogerson and Keeton were retired on the bags.

Meanwhile Goochland went on a tear, posting six runs. Mecklenburg made error after error in this frame and all the runs were unearned. Goochland led 6-3 at the end of two.

Much to Mecklenburg’s credit, they basically shut down Goochland after their second inning explosion, holding their opponent to one hit the remainder of the game.

Mecklenburg picked up their final run in the fourth, with Rogerson scoring after hitting a single. Final, Goochland 6-4.

Mecklenburg 1, Buckingham 0

This game was one of defense and more defense. Each team had some nice at-bats and put players in scoring position. But time and again, the players closed out the inning and regulation play, keeping runners stranded.

Mecklenburg scored in the eighth inning when Cleaton reached base and was plated by Keeton for the 1-0 win.

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