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WORLD SERIES UPDATE: American Darlings stay alive

The Halifax American Darlings all-stars rebounded from a disappointing loss to Tennessee in a big way at the Dixie Softball Darlings World Series in Alexandria, Louisiana, pounding out 27 hits in a 25-8 win over Alexandria, La. on Monday.

Halifax American, which defeated Georgia 20-3 in its opener, lost to Tennessee 13-12 on Sunday but rallied with the win over the host team on Monday to force a rematch with Tennessee last night.

Halifax American 25 Alexandria, Louisiana 8

American outscored Alexandria 8-4 in each of the first two innings and cruised to the win, pounding out nine hits in each of their first two at-bats.

Lynia Reed and Madison Barnes each slammed a triple in the first inning, Sarah Watts and Samantha Velazquez added doubles, while Trinity Martin, Kylie Satterfield, Saviana Bailey, Brittany Barksdale and Ashlyn Strickland had base hits.

In the second inning, Barnes tripled, Reed, Shamya Hankins and Watts doubled, and Arrisa Conner, Kamyria Woody-Giggetts, Martin, Satterfield and Bailey hit singles.

A two-out rally produced two runs on a single by Conner, double by Giggetts and triple by Reed in the third inning to give American a 18-8 lead.

Seven runs on six hits in the fourth inning helped end the game, with Barksdale hitting a triple, Martin, Barnes, Satterfield and Bailey hitting doubles and Watts a single.

Alexandria, after scoring eight runs on 11 hits the first two innings, could only muster one hit in the final two frames.

Tennessee 13 Halifax American 12

Halifax American was three outs away from going 2-0 in the series, but Tennessee scored three runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth inning to win 13-12.

American scored five runs off five hits in the first inning, with Lynia Reed and Trinity Martin hitting singles ahead of a home run by Shamya Hankins, which cleared the 200-foot fence.

Madison Barnes hit a single and Kylie Satterfield slugged a triple ahead of a fielder’s choice by Sarah Watts that scored a run.

American went scoreless in the second inning despite a single by Arissa Conner, but they added two runs in the third inning on a single by Martin followed by Hankins’ second home run of the game.

Watts added a single in the third inning but did not score.

Ashlyn Strickland and Brittany Barksdale were stranded in the fourth inning after reaching on base hits, but American struck for five runs in the top of the fifth inning to erase a 10-7 deficit.

Reed led off with an inside-the-park home run, Martin slugged a double and Hankins singled but was thrown out trying to extend her hit into a double.

Barnes and Satterfield doubled, and Watts singled to make it 12-10.

Tennessee scored four runs off six hits in the first inning, four runs off five hits in the second and two runs off three hits in the third inning. 

Tennessee went scoreless in the fourth inning but scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the game.


SoBo American drops out of O-Zone World Series 

South Carolina posted six runs in the fifth inning to break the game open and eliminated South Boston American from the Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone World Series with a 14-7 win on Monday.

South Boston had staved off elimination with a 14-2 win over Arkansas on Sunday.

South Carolina 14 South Boston 7

South Boston and South Carolina were tied 1-1 before South Carolina broke the game open with four runs in the fourth and six in the fifth innings.

South Carolina had taken a 1-0 lead with a run on two hits in the first, but South Boston tied the score at 1-1 in the third when Johnathan Scheiderer, Jamar Traynham, Alex Lowery and Dexter Dixon Jr. drew consecutive walks.

South Carolina scored four runs on two hits in the fourth, and South Boston added a run when Josh Dawson singled and Jared Dawson doubled, with Josh Dawson scoring on a wild pitch.

South Carolina plated six runs on four this and a pair of South Boston errors in the top of the fifth inning, but South Boston answered with three runs on hits by Seth Dawson and Jared Dawson, a double by Josh Dawson and walks to Dixon and Jimmy Wilkins.

Three runs off five hits gave South Carolina a 14-5 lead in the top of the sixth inning, and South Boston tried to rally with two runs in its final at-bat, the rally including a single by Seth Dawson but came up short.

South Boston finished with six hits for the game, with Seth Dawson and Josh Dawson each going 2-4 and Jared Dawson going 2-2, each finishing with one RBI.

Dixon and Christian Worley added an RBI for South Boston, which used three pitchers for the game.

Dixon Morris hurled the first inning, Lowery the next three and two-thirds innings and Seth Dawson the final one and one-third inning, with South Boston pitching striking out seven batters and walking five.

South Boston American 14 Arkansas 2

American posted 14 runs on 12 hits, including a home run by Morris to defeat Arkansas in four innings on Sunday.

South Boston posted two runs in the first inning on walks to Lowery and Wilkins, a pair of passed balls and a two-run single by Worley, and they exploded fro seven runs on seven hits in the second inning after Arkansas scored two runs in its first at-bat.

Doubles by Lowery and Morris, and singles by Daniel Lacks, Corey Moore, Dexter Dixon Jr., Wilkins and Worley, combined with walks to Jared Dawson and Scheiderer helped make it 9-2 after two innings.

South Boston scored five runs in the fourth inning to help end the game, the runs coming on a Dixon single, Seth Dawson double and home run by Morris. 

Morris, Dixon and Worley each finished with two hits for the game, and Lowery, Wilkins, Seth Dawson, Josh Dawson, Lacks and Moore each added one hit.

Morris finished with three RBI, Lowery, Worley and Dawson had two RBI apiece, and Dixon, Wilkins, Lacks and Moore each added an RBI.

Lowery hurled three and two-thirds innings to get the win, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out fur batters and walking two. 

Worley came to the mound to get the final out of the game. 


Junior boys finish with 2-2 record 

The Halifax County Dixie Junior Boys baseball all-star team finished with a 2-2 record at the Dixie Baseball Junior Boys World Series in Columbus, Georgia, dropping out with a 15-0 loss to Alabama in five innings on Monday.

Halifax County defeated Georgia 12-1 in its opener, lost to Mississippi 24-6 on Sunday and won its first game on Monday with a 13-3 win over Florida. 

Alabama 15 Halifax County 0

Halifax County finished with only two hits in a 15-0 loss to Alabama in five innings of Monday, a loss that eliminated them from the World Series.

Hunter Watts reached base on a single in the second inning, Jake McLamb reached on a base hit in the fourth, and Will Scheier drew a walk in the third inning for Halifax County’s only base runners.

Dawson Watts and Evan Irby pitched against Alabama, with Halifax County pitching allowing 16 hits while striking out one batter and walking four.

Halifax County 13 Florida 3

Halifax County finished with 16 hits in its win against Florida in support of a five-hitter by Scheier.

Brayden Moore finished with a double and two base hits for Halifax County, and Dawson Watts, Irby, Barker and Logan each had two hits.

Lloyd, McLamb, Scheier and Parker Franklin each added a base hit for Halifax County, which drew nine walks in the game, with McLamb, Dawson Watts, Irby and Scott Nester each reaching base twice via walks and Lloyd once on a free pass.

Sheier pitched four innings against Florida and allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out five batters and walking three.

McLamb pitched the fifth inning and allowed one base runner, that coming on a walk.

Mississippi 24 Halifax County 6

Halifax County finished with three hits and lost to Mississippi 24-6 in five innings on Sunday.

Irby had a single in the third inning for Halifax County, and Hunter Watts hit a single in the same inning, while TaTa Logan hit a double in the fifth inning.

Halifax County batters reached base via walks six times in the game, with Dawson Watts drawing a walk in the first inning and McLamb, Irby, Josh Barker, Hunter Watts and Scheier drawing walks in the fifth inning. 

Clay Lloyd, Dawson Watts, Barker and McLamb pitched against Mississippi, with Halifax County pitching giving up six hits while striking out three batters and walking 15.


National Angels end World Series run

The Halifax National Angels X-Play all-stars ended their run in the Dixie Softball Angels X-Play World Series with a 6-2 loss to North Carolina on Monday.

Halifax National lost 10-0 to South Carolina on Saturday but stayed alive with a 5-4 win over Arkansas on Sunday.

North Carolina 6 Halifax County 2

A five-run second inning proved to be the difference, as North Carolina eliminated Halifax National with a 6-2 win on Monday.

North Carolina scored five runs on three hits in the second inning and added a run on two hits in the fourth, before National rallied.

Autumn Younger drew a walk and Kaitlyn Richardson followed with an RBI triple to score Younger, with Richardson later scoring to make it 6-2.

Madison Watkins added a base hit for National, while Sarah Gordon, Younger and Kayla Spencer each drew a walk.

Amanda Duffer and Gracie Wagstaff shared time on the mound for Halifax National, with Duffer hurling three innings and allowing six runs on seven hits, while striking out four batters and walking four.

Wagstaff struck out four batters and walked one in two innings of work. 

Halifax National 5 Arkansas 4

Halifax National broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the third inning and held on for a 5-4 win over Arkansas on Sunday.

Halifax took a 2-0 lead in its first at-bat on hits from Gordon, Duffer, Younger, Richardson (RBI) and Wagstaff (RBI), but Arkansas tied the score off four walks and an error in the bottom of the second frame.

A three-run third inning proved to be the difference in the game, with the runs coming off hits by Spencer and Duffer, two-run triple by Richardson and a RBI hit by Wagstaff, with Chloe Loftis also getting a hit in the inning.

Arkansas scored a run in both the third and fourth innings, but Halifax National retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth to win the game.

Wagstaff pitched all five innings to get the win, allowing four runs on three hits, while striking out five batters.