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National Angels force rematch with American

It will be an all Halifax County final in the Dixie Softball Angels District 7 Tournament, after both Halifax National and Halifax American claimed wins Wednesday night in Halifax.

Halifax National staved off elimination with a convincing 12-0 win over Motley, while American remained unbeaten with a close 6-5 win over Brookneal.

National, which lost to American 7-0 earlier in the tournament, needed to defeat American twice last night in order to win the district title, while American needed to win one of two games.

Halifax National 12 Motley 0

National needed only three innings to ease past Motley and gain a rematch with American, taking a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning, when Mackenzie Lawter singled and Katie Cole reached base before scoring on Sierra Nunn’s RBI triple.

Three other base runners reached base in the inning, with Rose Spainhour drawing a walk and Nunn scoring to make it 3-0.

Kyra Scott doubled in the second inning for National, Alyssa Spencer and Kenna Moser singled, Sydney Wilborn drew a walk, Cole singled and Nunn walked, producing five more runs to make it 8-0, and National ended the game in the bottom of the third inning.

Amanda Coleman singled to start the rally, Spencer reached on an error, Moser on a walk, Wilborn on a fielder’s choice, Lawter on an error and Cole on a base hit.

Lawter started the game for National and pitched two innings before Cole came to the mound in relief, with Lawter striking out three batters and Cole two.

Halifax American 6 Brookneal 5

American rallied from a 4-2 deficit after one inning to eliminate Brookneal and advance to the district championship series.

Brookneal had taken advantage of three walks, a single and a triple to score four first-inning runs, but American responded with two runs on a leadoff single by Hailie Lawhorn, and walks to Madison Gunn, Mollie Slate, Olivia Noblin and Jeri Tyler.

American added three runs in the second to take a 5-4 lead, with walks to Veaundra Winn and Lauryn Chappell and Tamaira Logan, and singles by Gunn and Aliyah Chandler.

Each team survived bases-loaded situations in the fourth inning without surrendering a run, American after Lawhorn walked, Gunn singled and Chandler walked and Brookneal after two base hits and a walk.

Noblin singled and Carol Fears walked for American in the top of the fifth inning but didn’t score, and Brookneal scored a run in the fifth off two walks, a fielder’s choice and another walk to make it 5-5.

American scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the sixth inning, when Logan singled and eventually scored on Brookneal errors.

Brookneal used two walks and an American error to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, but Gunn got a strikeout to end the game.