Jake Wesson hit a walk off 2-run homer in the bottom of the sixth on Monday night to help South Hill earn a thrilling come-from-behind 11-10 victory over Brunswick in an elimination game in the Dixie Youth District 2 Minors tournament in Emporia.
The win advanced South Hill to the championship round.
The South Hill All-Stars won their first two games over the weekend but fell 16-6 to the Halifax Nationals in a winner’s bracket contest on Sunday, while Brunswick split a pair of games.
The teams met again in an elimination game on Monday night, with the winner advancing to the championship round.
Brunswick jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the second inning, but South Hill rallied by scoring seven runs in the third and one in the fourth to take a 9-8 lead.
Brunswick scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 10-9 lead before Wesson’s blast drove in Xander Pulley, who led off the inning with a single.
Pulley had three hits and scored three runs for South Hill in the victory, while Wesson had two hits including the homer and scored two runs. Jayce Parrish had one hit and scored two runs, while Kam Phillips had one hit and scored one run. Ethen Murray, Ellett Love and Samaje Boswell scored one run apiece, while Ross Reese and Tyler Harris had one hit apiece.
Jack Mitchell had one hit and scored two runs for Brunswick, while Jamari Parham, AJ Garnes and Colton Powell had one hit and scored a run. Nathan Talbert, Wyatt Whitlow, Austin Pair, Henry Corker and Kamarion Taylor also scored runs for Brunswick.
Halifax jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Sunday, but South Hill answered in the second when Ethen Murray walked, Kam Phillips singled and Ross Reese and Austin Graham walked to knot the score at one.
Halifax took a 7-1 lead in the second inning, but South Hill responded with four runs in the third when Jayce Parrish reached on a fielder’s choice, Samajae Boswell walked, Xander Pulley singled in one run, Jake Wesson singled in two runs and Aidan Reed added an RBI on a groundout.
Halifax scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to increase the lead to 11-5.
South Hill added a run in the fourth when Parrish reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an RBI single by Wesson.
That was as close as South Hill would get as Halifax added five in the fifth to close out the game.
South Hill topped Brunswick 15-3 on Saturday in a game that was much closer than the final score.
The score was tied at three going into the fifth inning, but South Hill scored a go-ahead run that inning and then plated 11 runs in the sixth inning when three different Brunswick relief pitchers ran into trouble.
South Hill went right to work in the first inning, scoring two runs when Parrish led off with a single, Phillips walked and Pulley reached on a fielder’s choice. A double by Murray drove in two for a 2-0 lead.
Brunswick answered in the bottom of the first when Kaeden Moore, Nathan Talbert and Jack Mitchell all singled to load the bases. Colton Powell and Colton Irby drew walks to plate two runs, but South Hill got a line out for a double play and a ground out to get out of the jam.
South Hill took a 3-2 lead in the third when Phillips walked and scored on a passed ball.
Brunswick tied the score at three in the bottom of the fourth when Powell singled and scored on an overthrow on a steal attempt.
South Hill took the lead for good in the fifth when Reed drew a bases loaded walk to score Pulley, who had walked to lead off the inning.
South Hill scored 11 runs in the sixth on ten walks, a hit batsman, a single and two fielder’s choice.
Murray and Jayce led South Hill with two hits, while Tyler Harris added one. Phillips and Pulley scored four runs apiece in the victory, while Wesson scored twice.
Mitchell had two hits to pace Brunswick, while Moore, Talbert, Powell and Irby had one apiece.
South Hill topped Emporia 6-4 in its opener on Friday.
The local team scored three runs in the first inning when Parrish led off by reaching on an error, Phillips walked and Pulley reached on an error to load the bases. A double by Murray cleared the bases.
South Hill added two more runs in the second inning when Harris reached on an error, Ross Reese reached on a fielder’s choice and Graham reached on an error to score both baserunners.
Emporia fought back by scoring two runs in the third and two in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-4.
South Hill added an insurance run in the fifth when Phillips walked and Pulley singled.
Murray, Pulley and Wesson took care of the pitching duties for South Hill in the victory.
Brunswick rolled over Clarksville 22-4 in its tourney opener on Friday.
Brunswick scored four runs in the first inning when Talbert walked, Mitchell singled, Powell singled, Irby singled, Jamari Parham reached after being hit by a pitch and Austin Pair doubled for a 4-1 lead.
Brunswick added another run in the second when Wyatt Whitlow singled and scored on an RBI single by AJ Garnes.
Brunswick added two more runs in the third inning when Talbert and Powell singled and crossed home plate.
Brunswick broke the game open in the fourth inning by scoring 15 runs. Moore, Talbert, Mitchell, Powell, Pair, Henry Corker and Whitlow each scored twice in the frame, while Irby added one run.
Powell had four hits to pace Brunswick, while Talbert, Whitlow and Mitchell had three hits, Irby and Pair had two hits and Corker and Garnes added one apiece.