Blackstone survives state elimination games in South Hill

After getting whipped by host team South Hill in opening round action Saturday, the Blackstone Machine Pitch Baseball All-Stars (age 8-andunder) came to life Sunday and Monday with convincing wins to stay alive and reach the semi-finals of the state tournament at Parker Field.

Blackstone lost Saturday in rain delayed opener, 17-8. “It was like we had never played baseball,” manager John Shepherd said of his District Five runner-up squad. “But we came to play after that!”


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