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Belles win second state title in 3 years

The Halifax American Belles all-stars scored five runs in each of the first two innings on the way to a 16-2 rout of Amherst, earning a second state title in three years and earning a trip to South Hill for the Dixie Softball Belles World Series starting July 29. Amherst scored a run on two hits in its fist at-bat, but Halifax scored five runs on two hits the first inning, including a single by Tayler Mosley and RBI single by Meg Bane, with Taylor Barnes and Kelsy Williams getting RBIs on Amherst errors and Peyton Myers another RBI on a groundout.

Emily Nester’s two-run double and Bane’s RBI single, along with a walks and two Amherst errors helped Halifax take a 10-1 lead after two innings, and Amherst added its final run off two hits in the top of the third.

Halifax scored six runs off six hits in the third inning, including a two-run single by Kye-Neisha Logan,  RBI singles by Bane, Nester and Mosley, and hits by Megan Puckett (double) and Thomas, with Lauren Womack getting another RBI at the plate after an error.

Puckett and Logan got hits in the fourth, and Halifax was able to end the contest under the mercy rule after the top of the fifth inning.

Halifax American 17 Bedford 1

Halifax scored seven runs off seven hits in the first inning, three runs off three hits in the second and seven runs off five hits in the third to beat Bedford in five innings.

Bane had two doubles and a single, Barnes two doubles, Williams and Thomas each a double and single, Mosley two singles, and Myers, Logan, Epps and Womack each a base hit in the win.

Bedford scored its lone run in the top of the first inning.

Bane pitched two innings with four strikeouts, Epps one inning with three strikeouts, Brandon one inning with one strikeout and Barnes one inning with three strikeouts.

Halifax American 15 Amherst 2

Myers finished with a three-run home run, two base hits and four RBIs for Halifax, which faced a 2-1 deficit after one inning, despite a Mosley single and Barnes RBI double in their first at-bat.

Amherst had used a pair of walks and two-run base hit to take the one-run lead, but a three-run second gave Halifax the lead for good.

Myers singled, Thomas walked, Logan singled and Epps hit a two-run double. 

Womack reached base and Brandon hit a sacrifice bunt to plate the third run of the inning.

Halifax scored nine runs on seven hits in the third to break the game open, beginning with a single by Nester, RBI double by Bane and RBI triple by Barnes.

Williams walked and Myers hit a three-run homer, Puckett singled and Logan and Womack walked before Brandon hit a two-run single and Mosley an RBI single to make it 13-2.

Two runs in the fourth inning finished the scoring, beginning when Bane reached base on an error and Myers hit a RBI single with two outs.

Thomas reached on an error to plate the final run of the game.

Bane and Epps went to the mound for Halifax American, Bane hurling the first three innings and Epps the final two frames.

Bane struck out five batters and walked three, while Epps struck out two and walked none.