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The South Hill All-Stars players and coaches celebrates their opening round victory over the Greensville Emporia All-Stars. The local boys won the game, 8-7, before going on to drop the second round contest with Halifax-America. (Steve Hinzman photo) / June 20, 2018
Playing their Dixie Youth district opener Friday in Lawrenceville, the South Hill Minors All-Stars rallied to take an 8-7 win over Emporia.

Emporia jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead midway of the first inning, mostly due to errors by South Hill. Emporia’s Patrick Brown drew the walk to advance to first base.

John Luke Owen, Jake Everette, Jackson Harrell and Cameron Slate all hit singles that were paired with errors by South Hill.

Emporia’s Nathan Wells hit a triple, which was followed with another single by Collin Wray. Brown, Owen, Everett, Slate and Wells went on to score.

SH battled back in the bottom of the first inning to make the score 5-4. Jayce Parrish had a single to start off. Jake Wesson drew a walk and Jobe Sulivan singled.

With one out, Khiyon Alston was walked. Maddox Sasser had a HBP call and eventually reached third base; Adam Jones reached base with an error. Parrish, Wesson, Sulivan and Alston scored.

The teams held each other scoreless in the second inning. SH tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the third.

With two down, Sulivan doubled and this was followed with a crushing double from Crutchfield. Sulivan went on to score for the 5-5 score.

Emporia picked up two additional runs at the top of the fourth. Tyler Jarratt and Damon Bolton drew walks. They soon scored for the 7-5 lead, which went until the fifth inning.

SH doubled down and brought the heat in the bottom of the fifth posting three runs. Wesson got SH going with a double.

With one out, Crutchfield singled and Alston hit a big double. Adam Jones singled and Jake Smiley walked. Wesson, Crutchfield and Alston scored for the 8-7 win.

Xander Pulley opened as the pitcher for SH. Wesson would come in to provide relief.

Game 2 – SH Minors fall to Halifax America, 15-10

South Hill led for most of Game 2 before scoreless fifth and sixth innings allowed Halifax America to rally for the 15-10 win.

Halifax was at bat at the top of the first and was able to plate one run. Halifax’s Peyton Crenshaw reached base; Carter Thomasson doubled to aid Crenshaw in scoring for the early 1-0 lead.

SH came back in the bottom of the inning to take the 2-1 lead. SH leadoff batter Jake Parrish hit into a 6-3 out.

Jake Wesson hit a single and Jobe Sulivan rocked a hit to right field. Lucas Crutchfield and Maddox Sasser drew walks; Wesson and Sullivan scored.

Halifax was held scoreless in the second and third innings, while SH continued to pour on the offense.

In the second inning, SH blasted Halifax for six runs. Jake Smiley, Xander Pulley, Trevor Lynch, Cooper Hightower, Ashton Moseley and Wesson all crossed home plate for the 8-1 lead.

Halifax held South Hill in check in the third inning and the score going to the fourth was 8-1.

Halifax posted one run at the top of the fourth as Mason Rush scored. SH responded in its half of the inning when Crutchfield reached base and Alston launched a homer to plate two runs.

SH led 10-2 at the top of the fifth and was clearly in control of the game, or so it seemed.

In the fifth, Halifax began to find purpose and scored four runs. Neyland Wallace (walk), Grady Upchurch (single), Gabe Cash (walk) and Crenshaw all crossed home plate. Halifax, while still not leading, was definitely back in the game with the score at 10-6.

Halifax America’s defense closed out SH in the bottom of the inning.

With the game still in hand, South Hill saw their four-run lead dwindle as Halifax plated nine runs in their final at bat. The team used six walks to kick off the rally and stun SH.

Matthews (two runs) along with Wallace, Upchurch, Cash, Anthony Wilbourn, Rush, Crenshaw, Thomasson posted the winning runs.

With the loss, South Hill dropped to the losers bracket and would face Brunswick in their next game to avoid elimination from the tournament.

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