The South Hill all-stars topped Clarksville 13-12 in eight innings in an elimination game on Sunday night to stay alive in the Dixie Youth Coach Pitch District 2 tournament at Parker Park.
South Hill (2-1) will plan to meet undefeated Emporia on Thursday night, needing two wins over consecutive nights to claim the title. The game was initially scheduled for Monday night, but has been delayed three times due to weather.
South Hill blasted Clarksville 17-6 in their tourney opener before falling 14-6 to Emporia on Saturday evening.
South Hill won a 13-12 thriller over Clarksville in eight innings in an elimination game on Sunday evening.
After leaving Clarksville with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, South Hill’s Jacari Burnette singled and scored on Tyler Crutchfield’s single for a 13-12 lead in the top of the eighth.
The South Hill defense stiffened in the bottom of the inning and got a ground ball to first base for the final out to leave two Clarksville baserunners stranded.
South Hill had jumped out to a big lead early after scoring three runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third, and three in the fourth.
Clarksville rallied with four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to knot the score at 10 and send the game to extra innings.
Kale Daniel and Blaze Durham had three hits and scored three runs for South Hill in the game, while Crutchfield had four hits and scored two runs.
Colton Chapman and Jhamarion Davis had two hits and scored a run
Samuel Walsh, Harley Fenwick, Jacari Burnette and Kelbie House had one hit and scored a run for South Hill, while Everette Wray and Blake Ashworth had one hit apiece.
Aidan Gregory scored three runs to pace Clarksville, while Case Jones and Eli Clayton scored two runs apiece.
Emporia jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning in a winner’s bracket contest on Saturday on the way to a 14-6 victory.
The visitors added two runs in the second and third innings and blew the game open with five in the fifth.
South Hill scored two runs in the second inning, three in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Daniel had three hits and scored a run for South Hill, while Walsh, House, Wray and Durham had one hit and scored a run
Chapman scored a run, while Burnette, Crutchfield and Fenwick added one hit apiece.
South Hill jumped out to an 11-0 lead and then withstood a late Clarksville rally to earn a 17-6 win in its tourney opener.
The local team got untracked in the second inning by scoring seven runs and then adding two in the third, one in the fifth, and five in the sixth.
Walsh and Daniel had three hits and scored two runs, while Chapman, Durham and Crutchfield scored two runs and had two hits.
Davis, House and Burnette recorded two hits and scored a run, while Wray and Fenwick had one hit and scored one run and Ashworth added two hits