The Halifax County Dixie Debs softball all-stars are heading to the World Series after a solid showing in the state tournament. The Debs won five games in the state tournament and only lost one and will now be advancing to the World Series in Ruston, Louisiana, on July 31.
The Halifax County Debs took on Amherst County on July 9 and began the tournament with a bang scoring four runs in the first inning and continuing to add to their lead throughout the game with the final score being 15-3.
Shamaya Hankins reached base every time and scored three times for Halifax helping lead them to their first win of the tournament.
Saturday the girls took on Prince Edward County and continued their hot streak scoring one run in the first inning and another run in the second to take the lead over Prince Edward and would never look back.
Halifax finished the game with a final score of 5-3, Hankins once again reached base every time and helped add to the lead scoring two runs.
On Sunday the Halifax County all-star Debs took on Lunenburg County and kept their bats ready from the last two contests scoring a total of four runs in the first inning once again taking the lead early and never looking back.
They went on to add nine more runs to their lead throughout the game and finished with a final score of 13-11.
Hankins and Abby Martin both reached base four times, and both scored three runs for Halifax in its win.
Halifax County took on Amherst again on Sunday, keeping their tournament win streak alive. Halifax put up a total of 11 runs in a 11-0 shutout win for the Debs. Hankins and Jordan Lewis both reached base three times, Hankins scored three runs and Lewis scored one run in the shutout win.
The Halifax County Debs took on Prince Edward Monday night, Halifax came out slow unlike their other state tournament games and were unable to score any runs until the fourth inning where they scored two runs.
Prince Edward’s bats came alive later in the fourth inning and scored three runs and then adding nine more runs to their lead pulling further and further away from Halifax.
Prince Edward handed Halifax their first loss of the state tournament with a final score of 12-2.
Alyssa Glasscock and Skye Newcomb scored one run each for the Debs, coming off a Newcomb two-run homer.
Halifax County took on Prince Edward once again, but this time for the Virginia state championship.
The girls began the game hot and continued to add to their lead throughout and won by slaughter rule in five innings with the final score being 12-0.
The starting pitcher for Halifax was Abby Martin who pitched two great innings and helped herself at the plate going 2-3 with a home run.
Brittany Barksdale and Peyton Wallace led the team in hits with three hits each. Wallace also had two RBI’s in the state championship win. Skyler Hoskins recorded two hits in the win.
“I am extremely proud of the girls. I told them win or lose I just want us to play as hard as we can. We hit the ball well, played great defense, and worked together to bring home the Virginia state championship,” said John Newcomb, head coach for the Halifax County Debs.
To help raise money for the girls to go to Ruston, Louisana for the World Series visit the Dixie Youth softball Facebook page.