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MAKING THE PLAY – South Hill shortstop Matthew Lynch throws to first base for an out in action from the Dixie Youth O-Zone District 2 tournament at Parker Park. 

The South Hill All-Stars fell to Emporia for the second time in three nights on Sunday to be eliminated from the Dixie Youth District 2 O-Zone tournament at Parker Park.

South Hill dropped a 7-6 heartbreaker to Emporia in their tourney opener before rebounding to top Clarksville 14-2 in an elimination game on Saturday.

South Hill took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh on Sunday before Emporia rallied with four runs to earn a 6-5 win and advance to face Brunswick in the title round on Monday.

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TO THE PLATE – Lucas Crutchfield fires a pitch to the plate in action from South Hill’s heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Emporia in an elimination game on Sunday evening in the Dixie Youth O-Zone District 2 tournament at Parker Park. 

South Hill got off to a good start on Sunday as Ashton Jackson singled and scored in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.

The local team tied the score at two in the top of the fourth when Matthew Lynch walked and scored when Lucas Crutchfield reached base on an error by the right fielder.

After neither team scored in the sixth inning, South Hill broke out in the top of the seventh when Jaiden Phillips singled, Chase Homiak reached on an error and Phillips stole home for a one-run lead.

Adam Jones followed with an RBI single and scored on an RBI groundout by Ashton Moseley for a 5-2 lead.

Emporia answered by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh on a walk and four hits with Tyler Jarratt hitting a bases loaded single to drive in the final two runs in the 6-5 victory.

Derrion Brooks, Landon Crutchfield, Lynch, Jackson, Phillips and Jones each had one hit apiece in the game for South Hill. 

SH, 14-2

South Hill eliminated Clarksville with a 14-2 win in four innings on Saturday evening as Landon Crutchfield put the exclamation on the victory with a deep home run in the final inning.

The local team came out swinging the bats, scoring six runs in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third, and five in the fourth.

Lucas Crutchfield earned the win on the mound.

Clarksville scored one run in the first and one in the third inning.

Homiak went 3 for 3 in the game and scored three runs, while Landon Crutchfield went 2 for 2 with the homer and scored three runs.

Lynch walked twice and scored two runs in the contest, while Jackson, Moseley and Lucas Crutchfield had one hit and scored a run.

Phillips had one hit and scored two runs, while Landon Beale, Brooks and Jackson Moody all had one hit apiece.

Aaron Edwards and Dashawn Adams scored runs for Clarksville.

Emporia, 7-6

South Hill jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Emporia fought back to plate six runs in the fourth inning and then got the game winner in the bottom of the sixth for a thrilling 7-6 victory in the opener.

With the game tied at six, Emporia got a double from Jackson Harrell, who scored the game winner on a slide at the plate on a dribbler off the bat of leadoff hitter Patrick Brown.

South Hill got off to a great start in the top of the first when Lynch reached on an error, Jackson walked, Phillips singled, Homiak doubled and Moseley singled for a 4-0 lead.

South Hill added another run in the fourth inning when Homiak doubled and scored when Jones reached on an error.

Emporia rallied in the bottom of the fourth by scoring six runs on two hits, three walks and four errors.

South Hill tied the score in the fifth when Brooks walked and scored on a throwing error to knot the score. 

Homiak led South Hill with two hits in the game, while Crutchfield, Phillips and Moseley added one hit apiece.