The Halifax County all-star Ponytails began their state tournament run July 9 in Charlotte Court House at the Central Middle School.
The Ponytails came into the state tournament hot going undefeated in the district. They continued their hot streak in the tournament winning their first two games with a combined 38-8 margin.
The Ponytails started off their tournament by facing Carroll County, and slaughtering them 21-3, they then went up against Prince Edward winning that game by a 14-5 margin before losing their first game of the tournament against Emporia-Greenville 1-13. The Halifax team took on Buckingham County on Monday with their minds set on moving to the championship game after a tough loss. Halifax outscored Buckingham with a final score of 9-5. In the Virginia state championship game, the Halifax County Ponytails came up short losing by a one run margin with the final score of 5-4 in favor of the opposing team Emporia-Greenville.
Tuesday Halifax took on Emporia-Greenville in the state championship game where the girls from both teams battled for the title. The game came down to the sixth inning where Emporia-Greenville scored two runs to take the lead over Halifax with a final score of 4-5. Madisyn Bogan reached base every time and scored two of the four runs for Halifax, and Gabby Elliott also reached base every time scoring one run for Halifax.
“The girls did very well last night. Savannah Hetzell pitched the entire game and did a phenomenal job, I couldn’t be prouder of her. I would like to send a huge shout out to all of the family members and the entire community, we felt the love throughout our journey,” head coach Mashonda Richardson said. “The memories and bonds these girls have established will live on forever and this is what makes the game of softball so great,” Richardson added.
Monday the Halifax County Ponytails started the game off with a bang scoring three runs in the first inning, where eight batters came to the plate. Halifax outscored Buckingham with a final score of 9-5, pitcher Kyndall Richardson went 2-3 at the plate with a homerun to extend Halifax’s lead. Shortstop Ella Seamster reached base three times and scored all three times in their victory. Halifax County struggled to get their offense going Saturday afternoon against Emporia-Greenville only tallying a total of 4 hits in the contest, losing by slaughter rule with a final score of 1-13. Halifax couldn’t recover from their slow start as they allowed all 13 runs in the first two innings of the game.
The Halifax County all-stars kept their strong start to the tournament in game two Saturday morning, scoring a total of 14 runs against Prince Edward County. All-star pitcher Kyndall Richardson once again started on the mound only allowing three runs in her appearance and added to her batting statistics by reaching base every time for Halifax County. Left-fielder Maggie Hayes also produced in the batter’s box by reaching base every time to help Halifax County continue their dominance in the second round.
The Halifax American Ponytails dominated the competition in the first round of the state tournament against Carroll County on Friday. The Ponytails continued their success after going undefeated in the district by putting up a total of 21 runs in their 21-3 win.