SOUTH BOSTON — District 7 champion Franklin County begins play Friday in the 14th annual Virginia Dixie Youth O-Zone State baseball tournament.

The eight-team, double-elimination event for players ages 11 and 12 runs through Tuesday, July 9 with an “if necessary’’ game scheduled for Wednesday, July 10.

Franklin County faces Madison Heights in the second of four opening-round games at 4 p.m.

Other opening-round match-ups are Patrick County versus Emporia, Rustburg versus Bedford Metro and Bedford Central versus Halifax American, the tournament’s host team.

Patrick County is the reigning state champion.

On Saturday, elimination games are slated for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with winner’s bracket play set for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

If Franklin County wins Friday, it takes on the winner of the Patrick County-Emporia game Saturday at 6 p.m.

If Franklin County loses Friday, it plays the loser of the Patrick County-Emporia contest Saturday at 2 p.m.

Two elimination games are scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. with the winner’s bracket final slated for 7 p.m.

Two games are set for Monday (July 8): an elimination game at 6 p.m. and a match-up between an undefeated team and a one-loss squad at 8 p.m.

If two teams remain after Monday’s games, Tuesday’s contest could decide the championship. If three teams remain after Monday’s games, there will be a draw for a bye with the winner advancing to Wednesday’s title encounter.

Franklin County won the District 7 championship last week by defeating Glenvar, Salem twice and North Roanoke in a double-elimination tournament played at Vineyard Park in Vinton.

In the title game, Franklin County trailed 2-0, led 4-2 and broke a 4-4 stalemate in the bottom of the sixth when it manufactured the winning run with one out.

Team members are Eli Ingram, Chance Smith, Luke Hicks, Logan Forren, Seth Young, Clayton Hodges, Logan Coleman, Abraham Gherman, Ryan Slough, Joshua Short, Joshua Turner and Ayden Cepelnik.

Greg Hicks is Franklin County’s head coach. His assistants are Taw Hodges and James Hunt.

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