The Halifax County Belles all-star team won its opening game Saturday in the Dixie Softball District 7 tournament in Halifax, rolling to an easy 12-2 win over Charlotte County in a game stopped in the fifth inning under a slaughter rule.

Halifax County was set to face Brookneal in a second-round game on Sunday. If Halifax County wins that contest, it will advance to Monday’s championship round to face Charlotte County, which earned a bye in Sunday’s round.

It was a good day offensively for Halifax County in Saturday’s win, with the team getting 11 hits. McKayla Meadows and Hailey Owen led the team with two hits each. Brooke McDowell, Brittany Barksdale, Ruby Long, Olivia Burton, Jordyn Lewis, Gabby Laughorn and Brooke Conner all had one hit each.

Halifax County was also able to take advantage of three Charlotte County errors and four walks from Charlotte County pitchers.

Charlotte County had only two hits in the game, a pair of home runs from Gabby Hall, one to lead off the top of the first inning and the other in the top of the fourth inning.

Halifax County pitchers struck out seven Charlotte County batters.

Charlotte County took a quick 1-0 lead on Hall’s game-opening homer in the top of the first inning, but the lead didn’t last long.

Halifax County exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an 8-1 lead. The rally started with a double from McDowell. Meadows walked to put two runners on base. Long followed with a hit to score McDowell to tie the game at 1-1. The rally continued with a run-scoring hit from Burton, a two-RBI hit from Owen, a run-scoring hit from Lewis and a run-scoring hit from Conner.

Halifax County added a run in the third inning when Owen reached base on an error and scored when Laughorn reached base on an error to make the score 9-1. Charlotte County scored its last run on Hall’s homer in the top of the fourth inning that made the score 9-2.

Two more runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth inning allowed Halifax County to put the game away.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com