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South Hill Babe Ruth All-Stars win district tourney

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Reid Piercy makes the tag to pick off the Central Chesterfield runner at Galubic Stadium Thursday night. / July 03, 2018

The South Hill Babe Ruth 16-18 all-stars are headed to state tournament competition in Alexandria, starting July 5.

South Hill swept the three-team District 2 tournament field in Crewe this weekend, knocking off Nottoway and Central Chesterfield to move on to the Babe Bath 16-18 state championships.

The local all-stars, led by manager Mike Greene and coaches Mike Barmoy, Bill Jordan and Rachel Rolfe, opened the tournament with back-to-back wins on Thursday night.

In the first game, South Hill defeated Nottoway 11-9, then the boys came back to rout Chesterfield 13-3 in the nightcap.

A potent offensive attack was the key in both games as South Hill exploded against both opponents.

In the opener, South Hill pulled away with five runs in the sixth inning to erase what had been a 9-6 Nottoway advantage.

Herbey Burgart hit a triple and Jordan Wesson had a single to get the rally started for the South Hill All-Stars.

Nottoway went quietly in the seventh, giving South Hill the win.

Against Central Chesterfield later that evening, South Hill got two runs in the first two innings and six runs in the fourth to open up a big lead that would last through the contest.

The sweep of Thursday’s night action positioned South Hill to take on the winner of the Friday night opener between Nottoway and Chesterfield for the tournament championship. Playing in the first game of the night, Nottoway downed Chesterfield to advance to the title game against South Hill.

The South Hill All-Star then beat Nottoway a second time, 10-2, to complete an unblemished tournament run.

In the championship game, Chris Gray scored three times and pitched 4-2/3 strong innings to lead South Hill to victory.

The locals scored two runs in the second and six runs in the third inning to pull ahead early.

The nightcap got off to a very late start and the action was interrupted by a scary moment when Nottoway’s first baseman, running after a foul ball, hit a pipe railing at the concession stand. Despite taking a nasty blow, the player stayed in the game before exiting the contest in the next inning.

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