The Halifax County American Dixie Ponytails all-stars took a big step in their quest for the state championship by winning their first two games in the Virginia Dixie Ponytails State Tournament at Buckingham.

Halifax County topped Prince George 9-1 in its opener on Friday and handily defeated host Buckingham 13-3 Saturday night.

In Saturday night’s 10-run win over Buckingham, Halifax County American had only three hits, one each from Gabby Easley, Kenley Staton and Saleen Flora.

Despite having only three hits, Halifax County benefited from 15 walks allowed by Buckingham pitchers and a pair of Buckingham errors.

Hannah Abbott and Madison Jones had a good night on the mound for Halifax County American. Abbott started the game and threw the first two innings, striking out one batter and allowing no walks and no hits. Jones pitched the final three innings, striking out one batter, allowing one hit and yielding two walks.

Buckingham took the early lead, taking advantage of an error and a passed ball to forge a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Halifax County American scored twice in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Walks to Abbott and Easley followed by a series of wild pitches and passed balls that allowed them to score put Halifax County American on top.

A run that scored as the result of a passed ball gave Buckingham a run in the top of the third inning that allowed it to cut its deficit in half at 4-2. Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, leaving Halifax County American with a 5-3 lead.

Halifax County American put the game away with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning that produced the 13-3 final score. Five walks from Buckingham pitchers, a hit each from Easley and Staton, a Buckingham error and two passed balls that allowed runs to score produced the eight runs for Halifax County American.

Halifax County 9 Prince George 1

Halifax County got its state tournament run off to a good start with a 9-1 win over Prince George in the team’s Friday opener.

In a sterling pitching effort, Jordan Allen and Jones combined to toss a no-hitter. Allen started the game and threw the first three innings, striking out four batters and walking one. Jones pitched the final three innings, struck out two batters and allowed no walks.

Halifax County produced six hits in the game with Abbott and Flora leading the team with two hits each. Allen and Hailey Jacobs had a hit each. Four Prince George errors and five walks from Prince George pitchers aided Halifax County’s effort.

A two-run rally by Halifax County broke a scoreless deadlock and gave Halifax County a 2-0 lead. Flora got a hit with one out. Kaydee Newton walked, both advanced on a passed ball and both scored on a two-out single from Abbott

Five runs in the top of the fourth inning broke the game open and gave Halifax County a 7-0 lead. Easley reached base on an error and stole second base to get into scoring position. A walk, three Prince George errors and a hit by Jacobs allowed Halifax County to put five runs on the scoreboard and extend its lead to seven runs.

Halifax County picked up two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning after Prince George had posted a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bianca Meeler and Staton reached base via walks and took advantage of a series of passed balls and a stolen base to put Halifax County up by the final 9-1 score.

Prince George got its leadoff batter in the bottom of the fifth inning on base through a Halifax County error. Two more Halifax County errors allowed the runner to score and give Prince George its sole run of the game.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com