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South Hill Ozone All-Stars advance to state

South Boston News / June 28, 2017
The South Hill Ozone All-Stars took advantage of great at-bats, sleek base running, some heady defense and an extra inning to defeat Halifax County, 15-13, Monday night at Parker Park in South Hill.

The South Hill All-Stars clinched the District 2 championship and advanced to the Virginia Dixie Ozone state tournament, which will take place in Brookneal beginning on July 14.

Monday night’s affair was very solid victory for a South Hill team that battled back from a 9-3 third inning deficient in game two to win, 12-11, and forcing game three.

After being knotted at 11-11 at the end of four innings, neither team scored in the remaining two innings of regulation play. South Hill jumped out in front 15-11 midway of the seventh inning.

Halifax scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and with two outs appeared to be making another comeback by moving runners into scoring position. But an awesome heads-up play at first base by South Hill’s Jake Brame closed the game out.

South Hill jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. SH’s Jerry Cypress was the first to get on base. Kwondrea Coleman and Tyler Thurman followed with singles — and Cypress, Coleman and Thurman each scored.

Halifax started with walks drawn by Dakii Chandler and Ryan Duffer. With one out, Kameron Roberts blasted a home run, plating Chandler and Duffy. Ta Mabins walked to get on base and Ja’Marri Craghead rocked a triple to plate Mabins for the 4-3 Halifax lead.

South Hill was scoreless in the second inning, though their bats remained hot. Jaxton Shooke, Kage Wise and Jake Brame all got some bat on the ball and Noah Waller drew a walk. But South Hill was unable to plate any of their runners.

Halifax added one run in the second when Christian Newton singled and eventually crossed home plate for a 5-3 lead.

South Hill got back on track in the third inning, posting five runs. Brandy Burke and Cypress each got on base after being hit by pitches.

Coleman and Thurman singled and Lane Kinker was sent to first on pitches. Peyton Moss also reached base on a walk. All five players scored for the 9-5 South Hill lead.

However, Halifax showed no signs of giving up and rocked South Hill for five runs to take the 10-9 lead. Chandler (single), Mabins (single), Craghead (single), Jakari Blackman (single) and Trevor Mahan accounted for the scores.

South Hill opened the top of the fourth with Thurman and Kinker stroking singles. Though South Hill’s next three batters were eventually put out, their bats helped plate Thurman and Kinker for the 11-10 fourth inning lead.

Halifax tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Roberts ripped a home run to deep center for the 11-11 tally.

After two scoreless innings for each team, the game went into extra innings. South Hill struck first, adding four runs in the seventh.

Issac Walton, Shook and Wise were all able to get hits to reach base; Cypress drew a walk. Walton and Shook scored, as did Burke who ran for Wise and Walls who did base duty for Cypress.

Halifax made one final attempt to get back in the game. JaKari Blackman drew a walk to reach first. Strohm reached base and a Christian Newton triple sent Strohm home.

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