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SoVaNow.com / August 04, 2014
The South Boston OZone all-stars fell short in their bid to crash the World Series Wednesday, losing a thriller to Christiansburg, 3-2, at the Day Complex in South Boston.
South Boston had some early scoring opportunities, but could not capitalize. Christiansburg led 2-0 after two innnings.
Harrison Culpepper knocked in South Boston’s first run with an RBI groundout in the locals’ half of the fourth inning. South Boston had another scoring opportunity here, but could not get timely hitting.
South Boston held Christiansburg in check in the bottom of the fourth.
Christiansburg loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth. South Boston got the lead runner on a ball hit back to the mound. An error on an attempted double play allowed the third Christiansburg run to score.
Christiansburg led, 3-1, leading into South Boston’s final at-bat in the sixth.
Thomas Lee got the local fans fired up as he drove a one-out solo homer over the fence, but the locals could not keep the inning going. A groundout and strikeout ended the inning. Christiansburg closed out South Boston’s hopes of returning to the O-Zone World Series with the one-run victory.
Jared Dawson pitched the first four innings for South Boston, and Culpepper worked the fifth.
South Boston finished with four hits, with Culpepper and Lee producing the RBIs.
Christiansburg had seven hits, with Zalen Akers, Caleb Henley and Kyle Keister producing RBIs for the winners.
Christiansburg moved on to World Series play in Lexington, S.C., starting Aug. 8. South Boston had to settle for the runner-up trophies
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