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Pre-Majors undefeated, to play for title Monday

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South Boston centerfielder Ben Major dives for a line drive in Saturday’s South Boston Pre-majors state tournament game at Friend Field. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / July 14, 2014
The Halifax County-South Boston Pre-Majors are 2-0 and lone unbeaten team in state tournament action at Friend Field.

The Pre-Majors picked up their second with, slipping past Amherst 7-6 win Saturday.

Down by two in the bottom of the seventh, HC-SB scored three runs to pick up the win.

Dustin Crews started the rally with a single, and pinchhitter Trip Womack singled. Dustin Fears reached on an error to load the basis. Kelonte Gutrich reached on an error, and two runs scored. Ben Major reached on an error, and Arthur Joe Watts had a walk-off single with the bases loaded to produce the win.

Watts went 3-for-5, while Ethan Woltz was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

Crews went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Adrian Moran scored after drawing a walk. Trip Womack had a single and scored.

Thomas Cole started and had a five-pitch first inning, helped by a double play. In the second inning, Cole fanned the leadoff batter, but was then taken from the game for an injury.

Crews then relieved Cole.

Crews threw into the sixth inning. Tripp Bennett came in as reliever in the sixth and earned the win.

The Pre-Majors earned a bye with the win and will face tonight the winner of Sunday’s Amhert-Carroll County game.

That game begins at 6:30 p.m. If HC-SB loses, the championship game will be played on Tuesday.

The South Boston Pre-majors all-stars certainly opened their bid for a state tournament title with a 25-0 beating down of Amelia at Friend Field Friday.

“We just went out there hitting, to the best of our ability, played defense. They were kind of overmatched. (Amelia) put a younger team together to have a team to put in the tournament, and I admire them for that,” South Boston coach Mike King said.

“They tried hard, they didn’t quit .... I didn’t see any attitude,” said King.

South Boston batted twice. Tripp Bennett worked the first two innings on the mound for and Ben Major worked the third.

Both pitchers worked effectively. Major only threw eight pitches in the third inning.

Arthur Joe Watts singled, walked and scored twice. Shane Hatcher walked, doubled and scored twice. Christian Howerton went 3-for-3 and scored four times. He drew one walk.

Bennett walked and was hit by a pitch and scored twice.

Kelonte Gutrich walked and doubled and scored twice.

Ethan Woltz walked four times and crossed the plate three times. Dustin Crews had one hit and one run scored.

R.J. Oliver walked once, got a hit and scored twice. Dustin Fears walked once, reached on an error and scored once.

Adrian Moran went 2-for-2, and scored both times. Thomas Cole went one-for-one and scored. Major had two walks, one hit and scored two runs.

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