The Halifax County Dixie Debs softball all-stars went 5-1 last week to win the Virginia Dixie Debs softball state title in Concord.

Halifax County won the championship game 12-1 over Clarksville with a 13-hits attack that included a home run from Shareika Puryear.

Destiny Talbott had four hits that included a double, Jadyn Harlow had a double and two hits, and Skye Newcomb had a double and two hits for Halifax County.

Skylar Hoskins had a double, and Kennedy Dyer, Gracie Wagstaff, Hayley Beadles and Savannah Farrar each added a base hit for Halifax County in the title game.

Halifax County began the tournament with an 11-0 shutout of Lunenburg County and edged Prince Edward-Farmville 4-3 in game two, before absorbing its only loss of the tournament in a 19-14 defeat at the hands of Clarksville.

Halifax County bounced back to win three straight games to take the state title, beginning with an 11-6 win over Amelia and a 12-6 win over Clarksville, setting up a winner-take-all game for the state title.

In its opening game win, Harlow hit a double, and Alyssa Glasscock, Kendall Long, Farrar and Beadles each added a hit.

In the win over Prince Edward-Farmville, Harlow, Wagstaff and Newcomb hit doubles, and Glasscock added a base hit, and in the loss to Clarksville, Kennedy Dyer had three hits and two RBIs, Long and Talbott each had three hits, Harlow had a double and a hit, and Newcomb and Puryear each added a hit.

In the 11-6 win over Amelia, Harlow had a home run and two hits, Talbott had four hits, Long had a double and a hit, and Farrar had a double and a hit.

Needing to defeat Clarksville two games in a row to win the state title, Halifax County won game one 12-6, paced by Long, who slugged a home run, and Dyer, who finished with three hits.

Harlow finished with two hits, Newcomb hit a double, and Talbott Wagstaff, Beadles and Farrar each had a hit.

Halifax County drew a bye for the opening round of the Dixie Debs World Series, beginning Saturday in Hopkins County, Texas, and will play the winner of Louisiana and Tennessee in round two on Sunday.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

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