The Halifax County National all-star team is in a solid position in its bid for the championship in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA Division (Minor League) Tournament in Emporia.
Halifax County National edged Halifax County American 9-5 Monday night, eliminating Halifax County American from the tournament and advancing itself to Tuesday night’s championship game against South Hill.
The good thing about Halifax County National’s position entering Tuesday night’s game is that South Hill would have to beat undefeated Halifax County National twice in order to win the championship. South Hill’s loss in the tournament was to Halifax County National.
Halifax County National had just about everything go its way in Monday night’s game against Halifax County American. National grabbed a 7-0 lead after three innings and had plenty of cushion when Halifax County American rallied for five runs in the fifth inning to get to within two runs. Two runs for Halifax County National in the final inning sealed the win.
Five hits were collected by Halifax County National in the contest, with Cameron Parkman and Kaden McClelland both getting two hits, and Colton Milam had one hit. The Nationals were able to capitalize on seven Halifax County American errors and eight walks from Halifax County American pitchers.
Halifax County American had four hits, with Austin Comer, Dawson Compton, Colin Hatcher and Luke Ashwell each getting one hit. Eight walks from Halifax County National pitchers aided the Halifax County American effort.
Halifax County National topped South Hill 16-6 on Sunday in a winner’s bracket game, with Halifax County National out-hitting South Hill 17-6.
Camdyn Chappell and McClelland led Halifax County National with three hits each. Griffin Bryant, Colton Milam and Parkman had two hits each. Layne Satterfield, Brycen Bowen, Kalvin Smith, Caden Milam and Nathan Irby all had one hit.
In another Sunday game, Halifax County American avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over Emporia in a loser’s bracket contest.
Halifax County American grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, saw Emporia tie the game with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. The game-winning run for Halifax County American came on a hit from Hatcher.
Nine hits provided the offense for Halifax County American, with Hatcher leading the team with three hits and Caden Powell chipping in two hits. Compton, Bailey Henderson, Comer and A.J. Smith had one hit each.
Compton pitched the first five inning for Halifax County American, striking out five of the 20 batters he faced. He allowed six hits. Henderson pitched the final inning, striking out one batter and allowing one walk and one hit.