The Halifax County American Legion Post 8 Junior Legion baseball team has mounted some good momentum after snapping a four-game losing streak and has taken some nice steps in turning the tables.

Post 8 got itself above the .500-mark for the first time since early in the season Wednesday night with a 3-2 win over Patrick County in Stuart on a 2-RBI double by Jackson Newton in the seventh inning.

Wednesday night’s win improved Post 8’s season record to 6-5.

Halifax County Post 8 had eight hits in the game, with Newton leading the team with three hits. Anthony Conner and Nathan Comer chipped in two hits each and Kamron Turberville had one hit.

Evan Clark went the distance on the mound for Post 8, striking out 11 batters and allowing four scattered hits and two walks.

Halifax County took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a well-executed suicide squeeze by Dillon Fisher that scored Newton.

Patrick County responded by scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth inning with the aid of three straight hits to take the lead at 2-1.

The score stayed the same until the top of the seventh inning. Conner and Comer put together back-to-back singles with two out and nobody on base. Those two hits provided the setup for Newton’s game-winning 2-RBI double.

With Post 8 having regained the lead at 3-2, Clark sealed the win by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Halifax County Post 8 will be back in action Saturday when it travels to Roanoke to face the Roanoke Cutters in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. at Kiwanis Stadium.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at