The Halifax County American all-stars appeared to be in the driver’s seat in the chase for the 14th Annual Virginia Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone State Tournament championship at the Day Complex in South Boston — that is until it ran into Patrick County Monday night.

Getting only two hits, a single by Mason Rush and a two-run homer by Logan Smith, both in the fifth inning, left Halifax County American on the short end of an 11-2 score in a face-off between the two previously undefeated teams.

With the loss, Halifax County American now finds itself in a battle for survival. Halifax County American was set to face Madison Heights in Tuesday night’s opener in an elimination game. Patrick County, the lone remaining unbeaten team, was scheduled to face Rustburg in Tuesday night’s nightcap.

Monday night was a tough night for Halifax County American as it had only three base runners during the game, one as a result of Rush’s hit, one when Carter Thomasson reached base on a walk and one when Paul Irby reached base on an error in the final inning.

Noah Jessup put Patrick County into the lead with a two-RBI hit and Heath Hunter followed with a three-run homer later in the inning to give Patrick County a 5-0 lead after the first inning. Patrick County plated four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend its lead to 9-0.

Halifax County got a hit from Rush in the top of the fifth inning, and Smith followed later with a homer to allow Halifax County to cut its deficit to seven runs at 9-2. Two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning from a second homer from Heath allowed Patrick County to seal the win.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com