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Mecklenburg Majors take state Dixie title

SoVaNow.com / July 21, 2021
The Mecklenburg Dixie Major All-Stars defeated Halifax 9-1 on Tuesday at Park View High School to earn their fourth consecutive berth in the Dixie Baseball World Series. This year’s World Series will take place in Monroe/Sterlington, La., July 23-28.

Drew Fletcher got the start and held Halifax scoreless through five innings for the win before finally giving up the lone Halifax run in the top of the sixth. He threw 107 pitches over six innings of work, struck out 13, walked a pair and gave up one run on just two hits.

Josh Epenback relieved Fletcher in the seventh. It took Epenback just 13 pitches to dispatch Halifax, striking out two and inducing a groundout to end the game.

Offensively, Mecklenburg got some fireworks in the bottom of the third when Jarrett Hamby sent a fastball over the centerfield fence into the third row of the PVHS football bleachers for a two-run homer. Hamby sent the dinger out despite seven fresh stiches in the palm of his right hand from an injury suffered the previous night during the game against Amelia. The injury had little effect on the Park View graduate, who now plays baseball at Ferrum College, as he would drive in two more runs later.

Parker Farrington got Mecklenburg on the board in the first when he slapped a single to center to score Justin Clary. Clary then got an RBI of his own in the bottom of the second, driving in Josh Hite for a two-run lead. After Hamby’s two-run blast in the third, he returned to the batter’s box in the fifth and slapped a two-run single to right scoring Parker Farrington and Michael Holtzman. Hamby later scored Mecklenburg’s eighth run on a wild pitch.

Halifax struggled from the get-go, using four different pitchers to try and tame the Mecklenburg bats. Evan Clark took the loss after getting the start, and giving up five hits and four runs in his three-inning stint.

Kyle Arendall pitched just over an inning and also gave up four runs on five hits. Kayden Conner and Colin Saunders threw 14 pitches each and gave up one hit each, with Saunders getting tagged with the final run.

Halifax went 2 for 23 at the plate with 15 strikeouts and just a pair of walks.

The lone Halifax run was scored in the top of the sixth when C. Conner drove in C. Midkiff with a single.

Mecklenburg, representing Virginia, will open Dixie World Series play against Southland Louisiana Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. With a win in that game Mecklenburg will play the winner of the Alabama/Florida game at 3 p.m. Should the Virginia All-Stars lose game one, they will play the loser of the Alabama/Florida game at 10 a.m. on Sunday.





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