- Last Updated on 05:06 PM 08/09/12
- BY Doug Ford
One run was all it took for the Halifax American Debs all-stars to bring back a World Series title to Halifax County, with VeVe Brandon drawing a walk and scoring on a Meg Bane double in the first inning of a 1-0 win over Winnsboro, Louisiana on Wednesday night in Powhatan.
Jennifer Lacks went the distance on the mound to get the win in the World Series championship game, hurling seven shutout innings while giving up only three hits and striking out six batters.
Halifax American came out on top in one-run games on consecutive nights to win the title, having edged Arkansas 5-4 the day before on Jamilia Smith’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Halifax grabbed the early lead in the championship game after Brandon drew a leadoff walk and scored on Bane’s double, but that would be it as far as runs scored.
Dalyn Hall singled and Jill Trickey walked in the second inning, and Brandon singled and Kate Bane reached on a fielder’s choice in the third, but all four base runners were stranded.
Halifax American had three other base runners the remainder of the game, Jameshia Smith reaching on an error in the fourth inning, Lindsey Wilkins hitting a single in the sixth and Jameshia Smith hitting a double in the seventh.
Louisiana had chances to score in the first, fourth and fifth innings, but could not post the game-tying run.
It’s leadoff batter in the first singled and went to third on a wild pitch, and another batter drew a two-out walk, but Lacks got a strikeout to end the inning.
A pair of two-out errors put Louisiana base runners at first and third base in the fourth inning, but a groundout ended that threat.
A solid defensive play kept Halifax American’s one-run lead intact in the fifth inning, after a single and double put Louisiana base runners at second and third base with one out.
Halifax second baseman Meg Bane fielded a ground ball from the next batter and fired home to catcher Trickey to nab the runner attempting to score from third, preserving the 1-0 lead.
Louisiana was retired in order the final two innings to secure the championship for Halifax County.
Halifax American 5 Arkansas 4
Halifax American advanced to the championship game with a 5-4 win over Arkansas, with Jamilia Smith’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning the difference.
American took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a Wilkins single, Courtney Epps sacrifice bunt and RBI hit by Brandon, who later scored on an error.
Arkansas tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases on a hit batsman, single and walk with one out.
Halifax got a 1-2 force out at the plate for the second out, but a throw to first for the attempted double play went awry, with one run scoring for Arkansas.
An attempted pickoff play at third base also went awry with the next Arkansas batter at the plate, with another scoring to tie the game.
Halifax American added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go up 4-2, with the fifth-inning run scoring on singles by Trickey and Jamilia Smith, a fielder’s choice by Wilkins and a sacrifice groundout by Epps.
Brandon scored in the sixth inning after she reached base on an error. Kate Bane hit a sacrifice groundout and Jameshia Smith connected for a base hit before Brandon scored on an error.
A single and two-run homer tied the game for Arkansas in the top of the seventh inning, but Halifax got the run it needed in the bottom of the frame for the win.
Hall was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Trickey drew a one-out walk to put runners at first and second base, before Jamilia Smith’s single up the middle scored Hall with the winning run.
Jameshia Smith and Trickey each finished with two hits for American, while Brandon, Hall and Wilkins had one hit apiece.
Wilkins hurled all seven innings to get the win, allowing five hits while striking out three batters and walking one.