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American Belles suffer first loss in World Series

The Halifax American Belles all-stars suffered their first loss in the Dixie Softball World Series in South Hill after three wins, falling 14-4 to host South Hill on Tuesday.

Halifax American won twice on Monday, edging Louisiana 2-0 and routing North Carolina 17-4.

Against South Hill, Meg Bane and Peyton Myers singled and Megan Puckett hit an RBI single in American’s first at-bat, and South Hill responded with two runs on two hits in their first at-bat.

Lauren Womack and Tayler Mosley singled in the third without scoring, and South Hill scored nine runs on three hits and four walks to take an 11-1 lead.

Halifax scored three runs off five hits in the fourth to make it 11-4, with Myers and Taylor Barnes hitting singles, Emily Nester an RBI double, Beth Thomas a two-run double and Kye-Neisha Logan a base hit.

Tara Brandon singled for American in the fifth, and Myers singled in the sixth, with neither able to score, and South Hill added three runs on two hits to end the game.

Bane pitched two and one-thirds innings to start the game for American, and Epps came in to finish the game, with Bane and Epps combining for four strikeouts.

Halifax American 17 North Carolina 4

American scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and five more runs in the fifth to rout North Carolina.

Mosley and Bane had singles, Myers a two-run double, Nester an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Thomas a two-run triple for American in the first, and Brandon walked and Mosley hit an RBI single in the second, before North Carolina scored two runs on two hits.

Leading 6-2, American scored four runs off five hits in the third, Myers with a double, Puckett and Nester with RBI doubles, Kelsy Williams with an RBI single and Logan with an RBI double.

In the fourth inning, Brandon, Barnes and Puckett walked, with Brandon stealing home and Bane scoring, and in the fifth Epps and Brandon singled, Myers hit a two-run single, and Brandon and Epps hit RBI singles in a five-run inning that ended the game.

Bane and Barnes pitched one inning apiece, Epps two innings and Brandon one inning, with Halifax pitching striking out three batters.

Halifax American 2 Louisiana 0

Halifax American finished with seven hits, scoring two runs in the first inning off singles by Mosley, Bane (RBI), and Myers (RBI) to beat Louisiana.

Puckett had two hits, Myers another hit and Logan a hit for American, which used solid defense and pitching to beat Louisiana.

Bane pitched three innings and Barnes four innings for Halifax American in the win.