The bid by the Halifax County Belles Dixie Softball all-star team for the state championship has come to an end.

Halifax County fell to Amelia 23-12 Sunday in an elimination game in the Virginia Dixie Belles State Tournament at Rustburg High School, with the loss ending the season for the Halifax County Belles.

Offensively, Halifax County produced nine hits with Ayanna Garrett leading the team with two hits. Brittany Barksdale, Zy’Kajia Sims, McKayla Meadows, Hailey Owen, Gabby Laughorn, Brooke Conner and Braylee McDowell all had a hit each.

Along with the nine hits, Halifax County took advantage of eight walks from Amelia pitchers and three Amelia errors.

On the mound, Meadows pitched to the first 10 batters in the first inning. Ruby Long finished the first inning and threw through the second inning. Barksdale went to the mound in the third inning and went the rest of the game.

Amelia had a dozen hits in the game and took advantage of 13 walks from the Halifax County pitchers and nine Halifax County errors.

Halifax County found itself in trouble early with Amelia scoring eight runs in the top of the first inning to grab an 8-0 lead and adding four more runs in the top of the second inning to lead 12-0.

A run in the bottom of the second inning that came when Savannah Hudson drew a walk and scored a hit from Hailey Owen made the score 12-1 after two innings. Four more runs in the top of the third inning put Amelia on top 16-1 after three innings.

Two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning allowed Halifax County to get to within 13 runs at 16-3. Garrett reached base on an error to lead off the inning and scored when Olivia Burton reached base on an error. Burton scored when Barksdale reached on an error.

Amelia picked up a run in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 17-3. Halifax County answered with five runs in the bottom of the frame to make the score 17-8.

Halifax County opened its half of the fifth inning with Hudson, Jordyn Lewis and Laughorn all drawing a walk. Hudson scored when Conner grounded out for the first run of the inning. Lewis and Laughorn scored on a double by Garrett. Burton walked, and Barksdale and Sims followed with run-scoring hits.

Two runs in the top of the sixth inning allowed Amelia to extend its lead to 19-8. Halifax County answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to make the score 19-12.

Meadows opened the sixth inning for Halifax County with a double, and Lewis and Laughorn reached base on walks to load the bases. Conner followed with a 2-RBI double. Run-scoring hits from McDowell and Garrett accounted for Halifax County’s other two runs.

Four runs in the top of the seventh inning allowed Amelia to stretch its lead to 23-12. Halifax County was unable to score in its final turn at the plate, leaving the final score to be 23-12.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at