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American Darlings bow out of World Series

The Halifax American Darlings all-stars saw their run in the Dixie Softball Darlings World Series come to an end last weekend in Georgetown County, S.C. with two straight losses, beginning Sunday with a 17-6 loss to North Carolina.

Halifax American suffered its second loss of the tournament later Sunday with an 8-7 loss to South Carolina, after a six-run rally in its final at-bat came up just short.

 

South Carolina 8 Halifax American 7

A six-run rally in the final inning came up short as American bowed out of the series with an 8-7 loss to South Carolina.

The game was scoreless through two innings, despite Halifax American’s Saviana Bailey reaching base on a single and Trinity Martin on a fielder’s choice in the first inning.

South Carolina, held to three hits through two innings, struck for four runs on six hits in the third, and American answered with a run off singles from Kirsten Wellons, Jalyn Matthews and Haley Beadles.

South Carolina plated three runs on six hits in the fourth to go up 7-1, and it added another run off three hits in the top of the fifth to lead 8-1 before American rallied in its last at-bat.

Chantell Sjovall slugged a triple, Kylie Satterfield a double, and Shamya Hankins, Beadles, Bailey Bowen, Kamyria Woody-Giggetts, Bailey and Martin base hits in the comeback that brought Halifax American to within one run, but the rally came up one run short.

 

North Carolina 17 Halifax American 6

Halifax American fell behind 14-2 after two innings and never recovered in a 17-6 loss to North Carolina.

American led 2-0 after the top of the first inning with singles by Woody-Giggetts, Martin, Madison Barnes, Sarah Watts and Sjovall, and with Bailey reaching base on a fielder’s choice.

North Carolina scored seven runs off eight hits, including a home run to take a 7-2 lead after one inning.

Halifax American went scoreless in the second despite singles by Hankins and Beadles, and North Carolina added seven runs on eight hits in the second inning to make it 14-2.

Neither team scored in the third inning despite a single by American’s Bailey, but both teams scored in the fourth, with Halifax American plating four runs off hits by Watts, Sjovall and Satterfield, followed by a triple by Hankins.

North Carolina added three runs off four hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to end the game.