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South Boston American drops first game / July 25, 2013
South Boston American suffered its first loss of the Dixie Youth O-Zone state tournament on Monday night falling to Christiansburg 12-9.

South Boston was in control of the series but ran into a Christiansburg team that was not ready to go home. This game was highly competitive and one in which six home runs were hit five, by Christiansburg.

South Boston never gave up in the game, even after going down 8-1. The team fought back to tie the game at nine, off of a Morris two-run homer and looked as though they were going to foil a possible upset.

But Christiansburg was persistent and consistent. They dug in, wouldn’t give up and kept their bats hot.

The choice of who goes to the O-Zone World Series, in Laurel, Miss., will be decided on Wednesday night when the teams will play one game, winner take all.

South Boston held Christiansburg scoreless in the first inning, then posted a run in the bottom of the first.

The lead off batter, Christian Worley was hit and advanced to first. Alex Lowery hit a double getting Worley home. Dexter Dixon and Brandon Morris were left on base.

In the second inning, Christiansburg exploded for eight runs. Four batters had home runs in the eight-run blitz.

With one out, Alex Watty got on base with an error. Jared Sebring was walked. Caden Forster was called out on a fly to deep center.

The next three batters hit home runs. Nathan Jenkins hit the first bringing Watty and Sebring home with him.

Josh Gutner came up and blasted a solo home run and this was followed, by a Zack Durham blast that cleared the fence.

Zalen Akers came to bat on reached base on an error. Johnson finished out the scoring when he crushed the ball over the fence and plated Akers for two more runs.

Facing an 8-1 deficit, South Boston went down in order in the second.

Neither team scored in the third but entering the bottom of the fourth, South Boston started its comeback.

Worley hit another double and Josh Dawson drew a walk. Lowery struck a single and Dexter Dixon walked.

Morris came to bat, got an error on the shortstop to reach base and turn a double RBI. Seth Dawson and Jimmy Wilkins, hit-by-a-pitch and walked respectively, made it home before the inning ended. Lowery also recorded a double for a RBI. An 8-8, tie game was the result.

Christiansburg got one run in the fifth inning. Brady Kirtner reached base on an error with two down. Dodson followed with a hit an error to get on base. Kirtner scored for the 9-8, lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Morris had a lead off home run to tie the game. But the next three batters went down in order.

Tied at nine and with two outs, Scottsburg’s Dakota Sisson got on base with a hit pass second base. Akers followed with a single to shallow-center. Johnson then came to the batters box and hit his second homerun of the night; clearing the bases and bringing a three run lead with him.

South Boston was unable to score in the final inning, leaving Worley on base.

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