The Halifax County American Dixie Softball Ponytails all-star team took Brunswick to the limit in a 10-inning thriller, but had to settle for being the runner-up in the Virginia Dixie Softball Ponytails State Tournament that concluded last week in Buckingham.
Battling its way out of the loser’s bracket, Halifax County needed to defeat Brunswick twice to win the state title. The team won the first game 10-4 to force a second game and took Brunswick to 10 innings before losing 4-3, with the Brunswick winning run scoring on a passed ball.
“I would like to thank the parents and grandparents of the players for all their support,” said Halifax County Manager Scott Allen.
“There were some late nights. I also give a big thanks to the coaches and others that helped in practice and warm-ups. Most of all, I give a big thanks to the girls who gave me and Halifax County 100% effort.”
Halifax County had five hits in the 10-inning thriller, with Hannah Ellixson leading the team with two hits. Hannah Abbott, Gabby Easley and Hailey Jacobs had one hit each.
In addition, Halifax County took advantage of five walks from Brunswick pitchers.
The game was a closely contested affair throughout, with both teams scoring a run in the second inning. Halifax County plated two runs in the top of the fourth inning to grab a 3-1 lead, only to have Brunswick scratch up a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3.
The score stayed that way through four scoreless innings until Brunswick capitalized by getting runners on base with a walk and a batter that was struck by a pitch. The two runners stole a base, and one scored on a passed ball to give Brunswick the win.
Brunswick had seven hits in the game and took advantage of 11 walks from Halifax County pitchers and one Halifax County error.
In the first of the two games against Brunswick, Halifax County had nine hits in its 10-4 win. Abbott led the team with two hits, with Ellixson, Madison Jones, Kierra Hamlet, Jacobs, Saleen Flora, Kaydee Newton and Abagail Conner all getting one hit each.
Halifax County took the early lead with a run in the top of the first inning, only to see Brunswick scratch up three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead.
A pair of runs in the top of the third inning allowed Halifax County to tie the game at 3-3, and a five-run rally in the top of the fourth inning put Halifax County on top 8-3. Halifax County never lost the lead after that.
Brunswick had only three hits in the contest.