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Belles reclaim tourney title

Dixie Softball Halifax American all-stars Courtney Epps, Emily Nester, Beth Thomas, Kye-Neisha Logan and Lauren Womack remember the disappointment they experienced last year, when they lost the district championship to Charlotte County after winning the first game between the cross-border rivals. Their memories, as well as those of their teammates will be much sweeter this time around after American routed Charlotte County for the second straight night to claim the District 7 title, this time by an 19-0 score.

Sunday’s win followed a 16-0 win by American, and was just as dominant, with American banging out 16 hits, compared to only two for Charlotte County, and with American hurlers Taylor Barnes, Epps and Meg Bane holding Charlotte County to only five base runners for the game while striking out a combined eight batters.

Nester had three hits to lead American, finishing with a triple, double and single, and Barnes had a double and single, while Bane and Peyton Myers each had two singles.

Epps, Womack and Thomas each contributed doubles, while Tayler Mosley, Kelsy Williams, Logan and Tara Brandon each added a base hit.

American scored five runs on six hits in the first inning, four runs on four hits in the second, four runs on two hits and three Charlotte County errors in the third, five runs on two hits, two walks and Charlotte County errors in the fourth, and one run on a triple and base hit in the fifth.

American defense blunted both Charlotte County scoring opportunities in the game, once in the first inning when Myers tagged out a Charlotte County base runner trying to take third base after a flyout.

A walk and bunt single put runners at first and second with one out in the fifth for Charlotte County, but Logan snared a hard-hit line drive and threw to second to catch the base runner off the bag for a double play to end the game.

Halifax American will represent District 7 at the Virginia State Dixie Softball Tournament beginning July 15 in Botetourt.