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Four players account for 32 appearances in World Series

Jennifer Lacks, Dalyn Hall, Kate Bane and Meg Bane are definitely serious about the World Series, with the softball foursome making a total of 32 appearances in the summer classic.

They’ve been to World Series in at least four different states since 2004, including Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia, and for at least one of them this weekend’s trip to the Dixie Softball Debs World Series in Powhatan will be her last hurrah.

They’ve spent a lot of nights away from home in motel rooms in unfamiliar surroundings, but their collective efforts paid off with a thrilling World Series title in Sumter, S.C. in 2009 as Halifax American Belles all-stars.

Lacks can count nine World Series appearances, beginning in 2004 when she was a member of the Halifax American Angels all-stars.

The soft-spoken slugger said she and her teammates are not satisfied with just one World Series title, one she and Hall, Kate Bane and Meg Bane earned the hard way in 2009.

That team rebounded from a loss in its second World Series game to win three straight by a total of four runs before winning the title with a 10-2 rout of South Stanly, N.C.

Halifax American was down to its final out in at least two of those games before rallying for wins.

“That was amazing, and I’d like to add another,” said Lacks, who plans to play club softball in college.

“It takes practice, commitment, dedication and luck to get through it all,” she added.

Hall, a veteran of eight World Series including this year, battled injuries to pitch her team to the championship in 2009.

She said added winning that series was the best feeling she’s ever had, and it took dedication and a lot of heart to win it all, according to Hall, a sophomore at Lynchburg College.

She is thinking of passing her softball knowledge down the line. 

“I’m going to hang up my glove (after this year), and I want to coach younger girls,” said Hall.

Kate Bane has eight World Series appearances, and she can’t recall where the time went.

It doesn’t feel like it but looking back the past eight years have gone quickly, she noted.

“It’s hard to wrap your mind around it when you think about eight World Series,” said Bane.

“It’s a big deal.  My first World Series in 2002 I remember most because I didn’t know what to expect when I went down there.

“It was like Disney World to a softball player.  When I was younger it was more of a magical feeling.

“Its still fun now, but when you’re younger it opens your eyes a lot.”

The youngest of the four, Meg Bane has been to seven World Series, including this year.

She plans to stick with her dream of playing collegiate softball, but first she wants another World Series title in the Dixie Softball ranks.

Meg Bane said her softball experiences with sister Kate and all her teammates through the years have helped her grow as a person

“It’s kind of been neat to come to the ball field every day,” she said.

“In Sumter, it was magical, amazing, I remember battling off some pitches and doing everything I can.

“That World Series taught me never to give up, and it definitely helped me,” added Bane, who also may give coaching a try once her softball career is over.