- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Halifax American rallied with five runs in the final inning for a 6-3 win over Brookneal Saturday in the Dixie Softball District 7 Tournament at the Mary Bethune Complex.
Halifax National was not as fortunate, giving up four runs in the first inning and pulling to within a run before eventually losing 9-5 to Motley.
National played an elimination game against Brookneal last night, while American had a bye into today.
Halifax American 6 Brookneal 3
Aliyah Chandler’s two-run single capped a five-run rally in the fifth inning as American nipped Brookneal 6-3.
American took an early 1-0 lead when Tamaira Logan walked and Madison Gunn reached on an error to drive Logan home.
Brookneal took a 3-1 lead in the second on a hit batsman, walk, error, groundout and base hit, and American had a chance to answer in the fourth, but Chandler was out at the plate attempting an inside-the-park home run.
Chinaiya Owen followed with a base hit, but American could not score in the inning.
That changed in the fifth inning when American rallied for five runs. Katie Gregory reached base after being hit by a pitch, Olivia Noblin walked, Veaundra Winn reached after being hit by a pitch and Kennedy Dyer, Megan Watts and Gunn walked before Chandler delivered a two-run base hit.
Brookneal tried to rally in its last at-bat and loaded the bases with two out on a pair of walks and base hit, but a strikeout ended the game.
Carol Fears went the distance on the mound to get the win for American, surrendering two hits while striking out 10 batters.
Motley 9 Halifax National 5
Motley scored four runs off two hits and four walks in the first inning and a late National rally came up short in a 9-5 loss.
Motley added a run in the second off a hit batsman and a fielder’s choice before National rallied with four runs in the third inning, starting with walks to Anna Clowdis, Madison Hailey, Sierra Nunn and Courtney Claiborne.
Mackenzie Lawter (RBI) and Faith Lester (RBI) each reached base on errors to plate two runs, and Malasia Boyd and Abbey Bales also drew walks in the inning.
That drew National to within one run, but Motley tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning on a fielder’s choice and four walks to make it 6-4.
Amber Moore reached on an error, Akiya Guill walked, Clowdis singled and Hailey (RBI) reached on a fielders’ choice in the fourth to make it 6-5, but Motley added three runs on four walks and a two-run single in the bottom of the frame for the final margin.
Bales pitched three and two-thirds innings for National, before Lawter came to the mound in relief to finish the fourth.
Bales struck out six batters and Lawter fanned one.