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Nationals survive, play American for championship

The Halifax National Ponytails all-stars got hits at just the right time and made just enough defensive plays at crucial moments to outlast Charlotte County 15-13 Wednesday and set up a rematch with American for the Dixie Softball District 7 title. Halifax National played Halifax American last night, needing a win to take the tournament to a deciding game tonight.

National scored two runs in each of the first two innings against Charlotte County, with Morgan Nelson reaching on an error, Erica Allgood on a walk and Amber Moore on a base hit in the first, with Charlotte County miscues contributing to the runs.

Madison Hailey walked, Faith Lester singled and Abbey Bales reached on an error in the second for two runs, but Charlotte County, which scored one run in the first, added four in the second on three hits, a walk, hit batsman and Halifax error to lead 5-4.

National took the lead for good in the top of the third inning, scoring three runs when Morgan Nelson hit a double, Sarah Moser reached on an error, and Allgood, Amber Moore and Skye Harlow drew walks.

Four runs in the fourth inning gave Halifax an 11-5 lead, with Brittany Roller hitting a leadoff single, Abbey Bales reaching base on a Charlotte County error on her bunt, Malasia Boyd driving in a run with a base hit, Nelson hitting a two-run triple and Moser hitting an RBI single.

Charlotte County countered with a run off two hits in the fourth, but Halifax added two runs in each of the final two innings, enough to hold off Charlotte County, which scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth off a total of three hits, including a solo home run and a triple.

In the Halifax fifth, Faith Lester reached base on an error and Lauren Chaney and Bales singled, with Roller getting an RBI groundout and Chaney scoring on an aborted rundown between third base and home.

In the sixth inning, a walk to Allgood and singles by Moore and Madison Hailey produced the final two runs for National.

Moore started the game on the mound for National, throwing the first two innings before being relieved by Bales, who tossed the final four innings.

The pair combined for four strikeouts.