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Halifax County National Angels World Series bound

The Halifax County National Angels X-Play all-star team landed a berth in the Dixie Softball Angels X-Play World Series Monday night with an 8-5 win over Powhatan in the Dixie Softball Angels X-Play state tournament at Madison Heights.

Halifax County National captured the Virginia state title with a quick three-game sweep in state tournament play that included an opening-round 9-5 win over Powhatan and a close 2-0 win over Blacksburg in the second round.

The Halifax County National all-star team will travel to Alexandria, La. where it will compete in the Dixie Softball Angels X-Play World Series, which runs from Aug. 2 through Aug. 7.

Halifax County will face South Carolina in its World Series opener. That game will be Game 5 of the opening round of the World Series.

The Halifax County National Angels X-Play all-star team had 11 hits in Monday night’s 8-5 victory, with Sarah Gordon leading the way with three hits and two RBIs. Kaitlyn Richardson had two hits that included a double and a triple and two RBIs, and Kayla Spencer had two singles.

Amanda Duffer, Autumn Younger, Claudia Marable and Susanna Watts each had one hit in the win.

Duffer pitched the first two innings of the game, striking out three batters and yielding five hits, two walks and five runs. Gracie Wagstaff went to the mound in relief and fanned eight of the 10 Powhatan batters she faced during the course of the final three innings of the game to close out the win.

Halifax County opened the game with two runs in the top of the first inning, the first coming on a run-scoring triple from Younger, and the second coming when Richardson followed Younger with a single that plated Younger.

Powhatan tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning and added three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 5-2 lead.

Four runs in the top of the third inning allowed Halifax County to regain the lead at 6-5. A two-RBI triple by Richardson tied the game and Richardson scored on an error on the play to give Halifax County National the one-run lead.

With Wagstaff mowing down batters at the plate and her teammates playing solid defense, two runs in the top of the fifth inning were enough insurance to get the job done.

A two-RBI single by Gordon with nobody out gave Halifax County National its final two runs of the game.

Halifax County National stranded six runners in the game, while Powhatan stranded four runners.