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Lady Lions capture invitational tourney

An eight-run surge in the fifth inning provided some cushion, and the Halifax County Middle School softball team captured the HCMS Invitational Tournament with a 10-1 win over Staunton River Middle School.

Staunton River took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a walk and two Lions’ errors, but Halifax responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs off hits from Karina Velazquez and Aliyah Chandler, and a Staunton River erro

Eight runs in the fifth inning sealed the win, the key hit a double by Dee Dee Jeffress, with Sierra Nunn, Katie Cole, Lauryn Chappell and Chandler hitting singles.

Chandler, Savanna Cabaniss and Kayla Waller drew walks in the inning that hiked the Lions’ advantage to 10-1.

Jeri Lynn Tyler added a base hit for the Lions, who got a complete-game no-hitter from Nunn, who struck out 11 batters and walked five to get the win on the mound.


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The Lions erased an early 1-0 deficit to defeat Bluestone Middle School in the first round of the tournament.

Halifax scored five runs in the first inning, 10 in the second and two runs each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Nunn and Chandler each had a double and single, Velazquez a double, Cole and Kassidy Thompson two singles each, while Tyler, Hailie Lawhorn, Cabaniss, Chappell, Jeffress and Waller added base hits. 

Nunn pitched two innings, Cole two innings and Tyler an inning against Bluestone, with Halifax pitching allowing one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.