All the Halifax County American Coach-Pitch all-stars needed was one out to close out a win and avoid elimination in Monday’s game against Goochland in the 6th Annual Virginia Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch State Tournament at the Day Complex in South Boston.
Halifax County held a 16-10 lead and had gotten the first two outs in the game’s final inning. Then, the unthinkable happened.
Goochland rallied to score 11 runs with two out in the top of the sixth inning to go up 21-16, turning the tables on Halifax County American. Halifax County needed five runs in its final turn at the plate, but came up empty, and was eliminated from the tournament with the loss.
Through the first five innings it was Halifax County American’s game. Goochland scored a run in the top of the first inning, but Halifax County American scored seven runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-1 lead.
Halifax County American led 12-5 after two innings and led 16-7 after three innings. While Halifax County American went scoreless over the final three innings, Goochland mustered a total of 14 runs over the last two innings to take the win.
Halifax County American had 13 hits in the contest, with Camden Saunders leading the team with three hits. Colton Conner followed with two hits. Rashad Garner, Macon Elliott, Mason Terry, Lucas Lewis, Noah Meeler, Eli Brown, Julian Key and Journee Smith all had one hit. Meeler’s hit was a home run to kick off the third inning for Halifax County American.
Halifax County American advanced to Monday’s contest by avoiding elimination on Sunday with a 10-0 win over Patrick County.
It was an eight-hit attack that fueled Sunday’s win, with Conner leading the team with two hits. Garner had one hit, that being a triple in the third inning, Elliott had a hit, a double in the third inning, and Conner Spell, Brown, Key and Aiden Fisher all had one hit.
Halifax County American also took advantage of five Patrick County errors in the game.
Following a scoreless first inning, Halifax County American took the lead with three runs in the second inning. Seven runs in the third inning put Halifax County American up 10-0 after three innings.
Halifax County American continued to hold the 10-run lead after the top of the fourth inning. The game ended under a slaughter rule after Patrick County failed to score in the bottom of the fourth inning.