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South Hill Minor Leaguers enjoy strong tourney run

SoVaNow.com / July 17, 2019


The South Hill Minor League (AAA) All-Stars are 3-1 in the Virginia State Tournament currently under way in Forest. The 9-10 year old All-Stars earned their way into the state tournament by winning the District 2 tournament that was played earlier this month in Emporia.

South Hill started off the state tourney with a loss to Amelia in the opening round on Friday, as Amelia scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 12-8 win.

Scoring for South Hill were Jayce Parrish, Xander Pulley, Jake Wesson, Kamryn Phillips, Aidan Reed, Tyler Harris and Ellet Love. Ethan Murray, Jayce Parrish and Xander Pulley shared the duties on the mound.

With that loss, the South Hill team was relegated to the loser’s bracket. On Saturday, the locals took on the Bedford Central All-Stars and got back to their winning ways, downing the host team 12-8 thanks to a roaring six-run outburst in the final inning. Kamryn Phillips led the way offensively, collecting four ribbies. South Hill once again relied on a trio of pitchers — Jayce Parrish, Xander Parrish and Jake Wesson combined for 11 strikeouts, six walks and six hits in the victory.

After the win on Saturday, the South Hill All-Stars faced the Prince George All-Stars on Sunday and claimed another victory, 9-4. South Hill jumped out to an early lead by scoring three runs in the first inning. Prince George stole the lead back in the top of the third, scoring two runs to go up 4-3. South Hill answered with a vengeance in the bottom of the inning, plating four runs to make the score 7-4. South Hill added a run in the fourth and another in the fifth en route to the 9-4 win.

Ethan Murry led the way offensively for South Hill, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. D’Lyzwohn Bragg, Tyler Harris, Jayce Parrish, Kamryn Phillips, Xander Pulley and Jake Wesson all crossed the plate in the game. On Sunday Ethan Murray, Jayce Parrish and Jake Wesson combined to throw 11 strikeouts, four walks and allowed just four hits from the mound.

On Monday, the South Hill club met up with the Blacksburg All-Stars and got their third victory in four games, handing Blacksburg a 10-4 defeat. South Hill scored three runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. They added two in the second, one in the fourth and four in the fifth to take the win. Blacksburg tried to rally in the top of the sixth but fell short when their batter grounded out to South Hill shortstop Jake Wesson to end the game.





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