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South Hill Coach Pitch All-Stars advance / June 19, 2019

The South Hill Dixie Coach Pitch All-Stars (ages 8 and under) have reached the championship round of the 2019 Division 2 tournament being played at Parker Park in South Hill. The winner will advance to the Virginia State Tournament to be held in South Boston beginning July 5.

The South Hill team has faced some significant hurdles to stay alive in the double elimination tournament. South Hill defeated Clarksville handily in the opening game on Friday, handing the All-Stars from western Mecklenburg County a 17-6 defeat.

On Saturday, the South Hill squad faced off against a tough Emporia-Greensville team and would be sent to the loser’s bracket in a 14-6 defeat.

South Hill faced off against Clarksville in the losers bracket on Sunday after Clarksville eliminated Brunswick County on Saturday, 10-0. South Hill would win on Sunday but Clarksville certainly didn’t make it easy, forcing extra innings before finally succumbing 13-12.

South Hill got on the board early as Kale Daniel, Blaze Durham and Cotton Chapman all scored in the top of first inning. Clarksville managed to get one run in the bottom of the frame as Aidan Gregory scored.

South Hill added a single run in the top of the second, two runs in the top of the third and three in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 9-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. Then Clarksville began to chip away at the lead as Gregory, Braydon Shriver and Colt Wilbourne all crossed the plate, cutting the lead to 9-4.

The Clarksville defense held South Hill to a single run in the top of the fifth as Durham managed to score for South Hill again. With the score 10-4 in the bottom of the inning, the Clarksville bats came alive. Gregory scored his third run of the game and Case Jones, Eli Clayton, Ryder Pinkston and Garnett Pittard all came home as well. As the sixth inning started, South Hill’s lead had all but evaporated as the deficit was just one run at 10-9.

South Hill added a run to their lead in the top of the sixth and the game went into the bottom of the seventh with Clarksville trailing by two, 11-9. C. Jones led off the side by scoring a run to cut the lead in half and then E. Clayton scored his second run of the game to tie it up.

With one out and runners at the corners, Clarksville had a perfect opportunity for a walk-off victory but the South Hill defense was up to the task and got the final two outs to force extra innings.

South Hill applied some pressure to the Clarksville bunch, collecting two runs in the top of the seventh when Samuel Walsh and Kale Daniel managed to score. Clarksville didn’t flinch, however, and Case Jones and Eli Clayton both scored their second runs of the game in the bottom of the frame to tie the game up and send it to the eighth inning.

South Hill All-Star Jacari Burnette scored the winning run in the top of the inning as Clarksville was unable to respond in their turn at bat and fell 13-12.

South Hill, with one loss in the double elimination tournament through Sunday, earned the right to face the All-Stars of Emporia-Greensville County in the finals, needing to defeat them twice to take the title. The first game was scheduled to take place on Monday evening but a sharp, short thunderstorm rendered the fields unplayable and the games were postponed until Tuesday evening when, weather permitting, the teams would play a double header (if needed) to decide the champion.

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