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Debs take solid, veteran group to World Series

A veteran Halifax American Debs all-star team, with six players from the 2009 Halifax American Belles World Series championship team, is looking to make some noise at the Dixie Softball World Series in Alexandria, Louisiana, starting with an 8 p.m. game tomorrow against Louisiana.

Halifax American rolled through the Debs state tourney in July, outscoring its five opponents by a 66-1 margin and ending a dominating run with a 10-0 shutout of Amherst in the championship game.

Jill Trickey, Kate Bane, Jennifer Lacks, Sydney Puryear, VeVe Brandon and Dalyn Hall were mainstays on the Belles World Series championship team, and they provide a solid inner core for the Debs this season, according to manager Barbara Lacks.

“This team relates well with each other, they fit together well and enjoy each other’s company, which when in 100 degree weather is a must,” she said.

“There are years of experience with this team in playing and performing in key games, and the additions of Christian Martin, Jessica Velazquez, Cori Campbell, Brittany Long and Lindsey Wilkins has been a Godsend, both from a talent and attitude perspective.”

The Debs are loaded with talent and experience, starting with Trickey, a veteran catcher who allows very few passed balls, has a great pickoff move to first and third base and doesn’t allow steals, while first baseman Bane is a strong bunter and batter who is the master of picking up short hop throws to first base and getting to high throws, according to Lacks.

Long is strong defensively at second base and has a good bat, and Jennifer Lacks is a veteran shortstop with a great arm, good range and solid bat.

Third baseman Puryear is another veteran and possesses a bullet arm, good range and strong bat and right fielder Martin is a solid outfielder, while Brandon, a center fielder and shortstop, is an outstanding outfielder with speed and a good bat.

The same is true of Velazquez, a center fielder and left fielder, Lacks added, while Hall, the winning pitcher in the 2009 Belles World Series finale, is also an outfielder with speed.

Campbell, a first baseman and right fielder, brings a strong bat to the team and is solid defensively, while Wilkins, who can pitch and play the outfield, can be considered the ace of the team on the mound, Lacks added.

Trickey, Bane, Lacks and Campbell can also be counted on to ring up some innings on the mound, according to the American manager, who said her team has high expectations and a great desire to fare well in Lousiana.

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