The Halifax County Virginia state champions’ the Debs lost their first game of the World Series tournament Saturday in Ruston, Louisiana, to South Carolina with a final score 5-4 through seven innings.

On Sunday, the Debs rebounded winning their game against Alabama 6-1.

After their loss in the first round of the tournament, Sunday’s game became a must win for Halifax with their World Series title hopes on the line due to the double elimination format.

The Debs also had another game to play later Sunday against Texas that would determine their continuance in the tournament.

In their Sunday morning game, Halifax County responded to their Saturday loss against South Carolina by tallying a total of 15 hits as a team through seven innings against Alabama.

Shamya Hankins came up big for Halifax hitting two home runs in the contest and knocking in five RBI’s.

Peyton Long also had a good day at the plate reaching base three times with two singles and a double in the contest.

Sunday’s batting had improved from Saturday’s matchup.

Halifax County was unable to get the bats going until the sixth inning Saturday and could only muster together three hits through five innings.

On Saturday, Right fielder Ruby Long began the sixth inning with a bang hitting a triple and setting up Halifax for their first run of the game. Long later that inning scored on a passed ball that helped Halifax secure their first run of the ball game.

First baseman Abby Martin started off the seventh inning with a walk, relief pitcher Brittany Barksdale came to the plate with one thing on her mind and that was to advance the runner, which she did with a single on a 0-0 count.

The next batter shortstop Peyton Wallace hit a double in the gap to knock in Halifax’s second run of the ball game, then the very next batter Jordyn Lewis came up with another double knocking in two runs for Halifax to bring the score to 5-4.

Halifax County was unable to score Lewis from third base after she advanced on a passed ball and lost their first game of the World Series to South Carolina with a final score of 5-4.

Prior to the coming to the World Series, the Debs won five out of their six games in the Virginia state tournament.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.