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South Hill Coach Pitch All-Stars fall short after rally / June 26, 2019

The South Hill Coach Pitch Division All-Stars fought valiantly against tough odds and nearly forced a second game to decide the championship, but ultimately fell short against Emporia-Greensville in the District 2 Dixie tournament in South Hill this week.

The South Hill Pitch All-Stars (8-9 year old bracket) made it through tournament play with a 2-1 record through June 16. Numerous rain delays over the week pushed championship play to this weekend, where, having lost one game in the double elimination tournament, South Hill faced the uphill task of needing to beat undefeated Emporia-Greensville twice to win the District 2 title.

The first game was finally played Saturday morning. The South Hill All-Stars, down by as many as seven runs in the late going, bounced back and came within a single run of forcing a second game, but couldn’t close the deal and fell to Emporia-Greensville 14-13 at Parker Park.

South Hill got out to a fast start, putting three runs on the board in the top of the first inning. The E-G All-Stars struck back with six runs in the bottom of the frame and set the tone for what was to come.

Neither team scored in the second and South Hill posted three runs in the top of the third to tie it up at 6-6. E-G got a little two-out lightning in the bottom of the frame, posting three runs to retake the lead at 9-6.

Harley Fenwick scored a run for the S-H All-Stars in the top of the fourth, cutting the lead to 9-7. The E-G bats came alive in their half of the inning, however, and the All-Stars from the eastern edge of District 2 powered to a 14-7 lead after scoring five runs.

South Hill seemed undeterred and put up some good numbers of their own in the top of the fifth. The locals scored six runs with two outs on the board, cutting the lead to just one run at 14-13. Scoring for South Hill were J. Burnette, B. Durham, C. Chapman, K. House, S. Walsh and T. Crutchfield.

South Hill’s defense stiffened and E-G was held scoreless in the bottom of the side, leaving South Hill in need of one run in the sixth to force extra innings and two runs to have a chance to win. Unfortunately, things didn’t bounce the South Hill way and they were held scoreless in the frame to end the game.

With the victory the Emporia-Greensville County Coach Pitch All-Stars will join the E-G “O” Zone All-Stars at the Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament that begins Friday, July 5 in South Boston.

The E-G “O” Zone All-Stars (11-12 years old) defeated the Brunswick County All-Stars twice, once Saturday and once on Sunday, to earn their place at the state tournament.

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