It has been a good start to a busy week for the Halifax County American Legion Post 8 Junior Legion baseball team.

Kicking off a week of five games to conclude regular-season play, Post 8 rolled to a 22-11 win over Big Island Monday night at Forest Middle School. The win got Post 8 back to the .500-mark at 7-7 with home games scheduled for Tuesday night and Wednesday night at Halifax County High School and a doubleheader against Christiansburg on Saturday at Christiansburg.

Wednesday night’s 7 p.m. game against Rocky Mount at Halifax County High School is the team’s final home game of the regular season.

Post 8 had no trouble on the offensive side of the ledger Monday night, banging out 17 hits against Big Island. Leo Noblin, Gavin Colwell and Dylan Newton had three hits each to lead the team.

Blake Duffer, Jackson Newton and Kyle Barker had two hits each and Nathan Comer and Kolby Fisher had one hit each.

Colwell and Dylan Newton led Post 8 in RBIs with four each. Both Jackson Newton and Barker had three RBIs, Duffer had two RBIs and Noblin, Nathan Comer and Fisher had one RBI each.

Post 8 got good pitching during the game, with Hancock picking up the win on the mound. Hancock threw one inning and recorded two strikeouts and two walks. Colwell picked up the save, pitching the last 3.2 innings. He allowed one run on one hit, struck out five batters and yielded two walks.

Halifax County Post 8 jumped on top with three runs in the top of the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Post 8 took advantage of four hits, one each from Duffer, Colwell, Barker and Noblin, a walk and a Big Island error to score the runs.

Big Island rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead at 7-3. Post 8 cut the deficit to three runs with a run in the top of the third inning that came when Duffer led off with a double and scored when Colwell grounded out for the second out of the inning.

A big eight-run fourth inning rally put Post 8 back on top 12-7. Four errors, two walks, singles from Dylan Newton and Jackson Newton, and a double from Colwell aided in the big inning.

Big Island answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to two runs at 12-10.

Post 8 put up five runs in both the sixth inning and seventh inning to take a 22-10 lead. Big Island mustered up a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as Post 8 sealed the 10-run win.

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