- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
The Halifax American Angels all-stars saved their best for last and it paid off handsomely Tuesday night for a 13-5 win over Powhatan National in the Virginia Dixie Softball Angels State Tournament championship game. Needing a win in one of two games against Powhatan to take home the title, Halifax American dropped a close 2-1 decision in game one before turning right around and slugging its way to the championship, scoring seven runs on four hits in the first inning and four runs on two hits in the second to take an 11-2 lead.
Powhatan plated three runs in the top of fourth inning to make it 11-5, but American answered with its final two runs in the bottom of the inning for the final margin.
With the state title firmly in hand, Halifax American is preparing for a trip to the Dixie Softball Angels World Series starting July 31 in Vancleave, Mississippi.
Hal. American 13 Powhatan Nat. 5 (Championship)
Sidney McLamb tripled, Blair Bomar doubled, and Aliyah Chandler and Carol Fears added base hits for American in the first inning of the championship game.
Kennedy Dyer, Madison Gunn, Veaundra Winn, and Katie Gregory all reached base via the walk in the big first at-bat which gave American a 7-2 lead after Powhatan had scored twice on a pair of hits, walk and American error in the top of the first inning.
Four more runs in the second gave American an 11-2 advantage with McLamb slugging a double, Chinaiya Owen a base hit and Olivia Noblin, Gunn and Katie Gregory drawing walks.
Powhatan plated three runs on one hit and three walks in the top of the fourth, but American plated two runs on two hits in the bottom of the inning, with Winn slugging a double, McLamb a single and Noblin, Gunn and Megan Watts drawing walks.
Powhatan had two base runners the top of the fifth on a single and walk but couldn’t score, as American wrapped up the state title.
Fears hurled the first inning for American, Gregory the second and McLamb the final two innings, with Fears and Gregory each recording one strikeout and McLamb three.
Powhatan 2 Halifax American 1
Powhatan National forced a second game to determine the state title with a close 2-1 win earlier in the evening.
Halifax American finished with three hits for the game, including doubles by Chandler in the first and fourth innings and a fourth inning single by McLamb.
American had only two base runners in the first two innings on a Chandler single and Winn walk and Powhatan three base runners after three base hits, but Powhatan broke through for a run in the third on a home run to make it 1-0.
Chandler doubled, Gunn reached base after being hit by a pitch, McLamb singled and Winn walked in the top of the fourth inning as American tied the score, but Powhatan scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning on a walk and a triple, the runner safe at home on a close play to make it 2-1.
Tamaira Logan drew a two-out walk for American in the top of the fifth but could not score the equalizer.
Fears and Gregory shared mound duties for Halifax American, with Fears striking out one batter in two innings and Gregory five batters in two innings.