The Halifax County’s Debs, who were Virginia state champions, were sent home Monday after their loss to Georgia in the fourth round of the World Series tournament losing 14-9.

The Debs went 2 and 2 in the World Series winning two games Sunday, but lost one game apiece Saturday and Monday.

Halifax County had bounced back from their first-round Saturday loss by defeating Alabama on Sunday 6-1. On Saturday, Halifax had lost to South Carolina 5–4.

They then defeated Texas with a final score of 13-11 in a Sunday evening game.

“I am extremely proud of the girls. They did a great job all around at the plate and in the field. I couldn’t be prouder. They formed strong relationships and friendships I believe they can keep for a long time,” said head coach John Newcomb.


The Virginia state champs made their return to action and prepared to take on Georgia, but unfortunately came up short and could not catch up with Georgia losing by a final score of 14-9.

Shamya Hankins came off her two-homer game on Sunday and retuned on Monday with the same approach at the plate hitting a grand slam for the Debs.

“After their loss I told the girls to keep their heads up and still be proud of what we accomplished together as a team such as winning the Virginia state tournament, don’t be ashamed, be proud of what we have done,” said Newcomb.

Sunday, game 2

With their World Series title hopes on the line Halifax seemed to have one thing on their mind and that was to continue to win.

Halifax took on Alabama in their second game on Sunday and came ready to play.

They recorded 16 hits as a team and exploded offensively in the fourth inning with 13 batters coming to the plate and scoring eight runs off seven hits.

Abby Martin went 3-4 at the plate with two base hits, a double and scored once.

Brittany Barksdale went 2-4 with a base hit and a double knocking three runs in.

Ruby Long reached base all four times with two base hits, a fielder’s choice and a walk in the contest and scored three of those times.

The Virginia state champs returned to their hotel to prepare for Monday’s contest against Georgia.

Sunday, game 1

Once again with their World Series title hopes on the line, Halifax County responded to their loss against South Carolina by beating up on Alabama tallying a total of 15 hits as a team through seven innings.

Hankins hit two home runs in the contest and knocked in five RBI’s.

Peyton Long also reached base three times with two singles and a double in the contest.

Martin walked five batters but only gave up two base hits and one run through six innings pitched.

“We would like to thank everyone in the community for their donations and all the support we received through this process,” said Newcomb.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him