- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
The Halifax American Angels all-stars head to South Hill tomorrow as a two-time defending Dixie Softball Virginia state champion, carrying a 10-0 record in postseason play thus far.
The Angels begin World Series play at South Hill’s Parker Field tomorrow at 2 p.m., with six returnees expected to provide leadership for their younger teammates, including Tamiara Logan, Olivia Noblin, Veaundra Winn, Madison Gunn, Carol Fears and Aliyah Chandler.
Savanna Cabaniss, Lauryn Chappell, Jeri Lynn Tyler, Mollie Slate, Hailie Lawhorn and Cassidy Walker compliment the returnees, but each of them has World Series experience, according to manager Sandy Cabaniss.
Gunn, Fears, Chandler, Winn, Lawhorn, Tyler, Walker and Cabaniss are making a third straight appearance, and Chappell, Noblin, Slate and Logan are making a second-straight trip to a World Series.
Halifax American has relied on good pitching from multiple girls and hitting that is consistent throughout the lineup, and coaches have followed a “team attitude” as well, rotating girls at different positions with confidence of success.
There is a definite advantage to playing a World Series so close to home, Cabaniss pointed out.
“Friday, we will travel to check in our assigned hotel and participate in opening ceremonies, but Halifax American is excited to be in the World Series so close to home,” she said.
“While their expectations are high on the field, the girls hope the bleachers overflow with support.”
“This year’s World Series is special for these girls because more family and friends can come to South Hill and watch them play, and the bigger the crows the better they play,” Cabaniss added.
“The girls are practicing hard, Matt (Gunn) and James (Lawhorn) are out there working well with the girls, and the team as a whole has really come together.
“The Halifax American Angels all-stars feel it’s an advantage being so close to home and not traveling as far as teams from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.”