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Dixie Debs claim state title

A 10-0 win over Powhatan Monday completed a dominating run through the Dixie Softball Debs State Tournament for the Halifax American all-stars, who now head to the Dixie Softball Debs World Series, starting July 29 in Alexandria, La.

Halifax outscored five opponents by a 66-1 margin at the state tourney, ending with a 10-0 shutout of Amherst in the championship game.

Jennifer Lacks smacked a pair of doubles, Dalyn Hall finished with two base hits, and American finished with a total of 13 hits in support of a combined three-hitter by Lindsey Wilkins, Lacks and Kate Bane in the championship game against Amherst.

Bane, Sydney Puryear and Jill Trickey hit singles, Lacks hit a double and Hall followed with a single in the first inning that made it 3-0, and Halifax added four runs in the fourth inning, beginning with a Wilkins single and a walk to Brittany Long.

Cori Campbell reached on an error, and Christian Martin, VeVe Brandon and Puryear all had singles in the inning that hiked the lead to 7-0.

Lacks doubled, Hall singled, Campbell reached on an error, and Jessica Velazquez singled in the fifth, as Halifax completed the scoring with a three-run inning.

Wilkins, Lacks and Bane held Powhatan to only three hits for the game while pitching for Halifax American, with no Powhatan base runner getting past second base.

Halifax American 9 Lunenburg 0

Halifax exploded for eight runs in the third inning and added another score in the fifth to beat Lunenburg.

Lacks hit a single in the second inning without scoring, but a Lacks double, singles by Velazquez, Martin and Bane, walks to Brandon and Long, and three Lunenburg errors allowed Halifax to score eight runs in the third for an 8-0 lead.

Campbell hit a triple and Velazquez a single in the fourth inning, and Lunenburg turned a double play to get out of that jam, but Halifax added another run in the fifth when Bane singled and Puryear reached base on an error.

Wilkins, Hall, Bane and Campbell all pitched for Halifax American, and they held Lunenburg to only two hits and five base runners for the game, while the American defense committed only one error.

American pitchers combined for eight strikeouts.

Halifax American 12 Amherst 0

Campbell’s two-run homer kick-started a four-run second inning as Halifax took a 12-0 win over Amherst.

Bane finished with two doubles, Brandon and Hall with two singles, Trickey with a double, and Puryear, Wilkins and Long base hits for Halifax American, which scored twice in the first inning off a Hall base hit, walk to Puryear and Lunenburg errors.

Trickey and Lacks reached base via fielder’s choices in the first inning, and Halifax added four runs in the second off a Long single, Campbell home run, Brandon single and Bane double.

In the third, Trickey reached base on an error, Hall walked, Wilkins singled, Long reached on an error and Campbell walked to make it 8-0, and doubles by Bane and Trickey and singles by Brandon, Puryear and Hall accounted for the final runs.

Wilkins, Lacks, Hall and Bane went to the mound for Halifax against Amherst, the foursome allowing three hits while striking out a total of six batters and walking three.