The Halifax County Coach-Pitch all-star team was battling Sunday to stay alive in the 6th Annual Virginia Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch State Tournament at the Day Complex in South Boston.

Halifax County American was scheduled to face Patrick County in a game Sunday night that would see the loser be eliminated from the tournament.

It has been an up-and-down ride for Halifax County American, which had everything go its way in a 14-4 win over Buckingham in Friday’s opening round, only to find itself struggling in a 8-2 loss to Madison Heights on Saturday in a game in which it could manage only four hits.

Halifax County American had 10 hits in winning its opening game, with Camden Saunders leading the team with two hits. Noah Meeler, Mason Terry, Rashad Garner, Mason Elliott, Journee Smith, Eli Brown, Aiden Fisher and Conner Spell all had one hit. Spell’s hit was an inside-the-park homer.

It was Halifax County American’s game all the way in Friday’s opener, with Halifax County American scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 6-1 lead. Halifax County American scratched up a run in the second inning, added three runs in the third inning to go up 10-1, added a run in the fourth inning and scored three more runs in the fifth inning to end the game under a slaughter rule.

Halifax County American struggled both offensively and defensively in Saturday’s winner’s bracket game against Madison Heights. Madison Heights’ defense held Halifax County American to just four hits, and Madison Heights was able to take advantage of seven Halifax County American errors.

The four hits for Halifax County American came from Meeler, Brown, Saunders and Spell, all of whom had one hit each. By contrast, Madison Heights banged out 10 hits in the contest.

Madison Heights put runs on the scoreboard in each of the first four innings to take a 5-0 lead, and added three runs in the top of the sixth inning to go up 8-0.

Halifax County American scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was far too little too late.

The game was a fast-moving contest, with two teams playing the first four innings in 35 minutes and finishing the game in under an hour.

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