Having scored three wins in two days, the Halifax County Dixie Boys 13-14-year-old all-stars reached the Final Four in the Virginia Dixie Boys State Tournament being held at Charlotte Courthouse.
In pool play on Friday, Halifax County topped Buckingham 8-4 in its opening game and dusted off host Charlotte County 13-2 in a second-round game. On Saturday, Halifax County rolled over Charlotte County for a second time, this time by a 14-3 score.
The two victories put Halifax County into the Final Four with the state championship game in the single-elimination tournament scheduled to be completed Sunday.
Two teams from the round being played at Charlotte Courthouse and two teams from a round being played in Madison Heights were scheduled to gather at Charlotte Courthouse Sunday to battle it out for the state championship.
Halifax County was slated to play a semi-final game at 11 a.m. Sunday, and if it won, would advance to the championship game set for 5 p.m.
All of the games Friday and Saturday were set for five innings or a one hour-and 45-minute time limit, whichever came first.
Halifax County had six hits in its opening-round win over Buckingham, with Cameron Carson leading the team with two hits. Joshua Gunn, Trevor Hazelwood, Dakii Chandler and Christian Newton had one hit each.
Along with the six hits, Halifax County was able to take advantage of five walks from Buckingham pitchers.
Buckingham took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Halifax County answered with two runs to get to within a run at 3-2. Three runs in the second inning put Halifax County up 5-3.
A run in the top of the fourth inning drew Buckingham to within a run at 5-4, but Halifax County bounced back to score three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the 8-4 win.
Halifax County racked up 11 hits in its 13-2 win over Charlotte County in its second game of pool play on Friday. Chandler had three hits to lead the team, with Hazelwood, Gunn and Carson all getting two hits. One of Hazelwood’s hits was a grand slam homer in the first inning.
Tyler Collins and Cody Casen had one hit each.
Collins went the distance on the mound for Halifax County. He struck out three batters, walked one and allowed nine scattered hits.
A big 11-run first inning highlighted by Hazelwood’s grand slam homer gave Halifax County the lead, and it was never challenged the rest of the game.
Carson started the game on the mound for Halifax County and pitched the first three innings, striking out one batter and allowing no walks and two hits. Cody Casen closed out the game to help seal the win.
Halifax County was never threatened in Saturday’s second meeting with Charlotte County, scoring in four out of five innings to pull away to an easy 14-3 win.
A 13-hit offensive attack helped propel Halifax County to the win. Hazelwood led Halifax County with three hits that included a two-run homer. Collins, Gunn and Trey Comer had two hits each. Carson, Chandler, Jayke Owen and Graham Parker all had a hit each.
Halifax County was also able to take advantage of six walks from Charlotte County pitchers and one Charlotte County error.
Chandler, Hazelwood and Casen handled the pitching duties for Halifax County in the game.