- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Two more wins at the Virginia Dixie Softball Darlings State Tournament have brought Halifax American to the brink of a second straight championship. Halifax American edged Crewe-Burkeville 20-19 Monday night in a thriller to set up last night’s game against Amherst with a win there giving American the title.
Halifax American had beaten Amherst 9-3 the previous day to remain unbeaten in the tournament.
Halifax American 20 Crewe-Burkeville 19
Savanna Cabannis slugged two home runs and a double, Deaundra Jeffress hit a triple and Cassidy Walker, Kayla Walker, Karlye Dyer and Jeri Tyler added doubles as American edged Crewe-Burkeville.
American led 7-5 after one inning and 14-9 after two innings, and American led 16-12 going in the fourth inning.
American posted four runs in the fourth inning, and Crewe-Burkeville added seven to pull to within one run, but Crewe-Burkeville could not score in the top of the fifth, giving American the win.
Cabaniss hit her first home run in the first inning, Cassidy Walker and Kayla Walker added doubles, and Karina Velazquez, Hailie Lawhorn, Jeri Tyler and Deaundra Jeffress had base hits for American.
Jeffress hit her triple in the second inning, Dyer, Tyler and Cabaniss hit doubles, and Jessica Balducci, Velazquez and Lawhorn hit singles.
American scored two runs off seven hits in the third inning, with Raegan Ridgeway, Shekeria Chandler, Jessica Balducci, Dyer, Velazquez, Lawhorn and Tyler hitting singles.
Cabaniss hit her second home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Cassidy Walker, Jeffress, Kayla Walker, Lauryn Chappell, Ridgeway and Chandler each added a base hit, as American added four runs to help hold off Crewe-Burkeville.
Tyler started the game on the mound for American and was there for the first one and one-half innings, before Lawhorn relieved for the rest of the contest.
Halifax American 9 Amherst 4
Jeffress slugged a home run and Cassidy Walker added a double, as American pulled away from a 3-3 tie after two innings to beat Amherst.
American outscored Amherst 3-1 in the third inning and added one run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth to win the game.
Velazquez, Lawhorn, Tyler and Cassidy Walker had base hits for American in the first inning.
Jeffress homered in the second inning, and Chappell, Walker, Ridgeway, Chandler and Balducci had singles.
American outscored Amherst 3-1 in the third inning, with Dyer, Lawhorn, Tyler, Cassidy Walker, Cabaniss, Chappell and Jeffress hitting singles.
Kayla Walker and Ridgeway hit singles in the fourth inning where American plated one run, and Cassidy Walker doubled and Velazquez and Dyer singled in the fifth, where American plated its final two runs.
Lawhorn was on the mound the entire game for Halifax American.