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From left, first row, Skyla King, Xareyah Tucker, Sanaa Cole, Chanayah Cole. Second row, Kailey Gill, Sydney Newcomb, Courtney Tuck, Trista Newcomb, Morgan Bright. coaches: Chad King, Scott Newcomb, Kevin Newcomb. / July 03, 2018
The Clarksville Dixie Softball Belles are headed to the state tournament in Farmville after two victories over Lunenburg last Tuesday in the District 1 championship round.

Clarksville won the first game 7-2, then came back and swept Lunenburg 14-4 in the nightcap.

In game one, Clarksville kept Lunenburg off balance and only allowed two runs in the fourth.

Clarksville scored once in the first, one more run in the third, while adding another run in the fifth. Clarksville made it a runaway with a four-run sixth.

The locals collected 11 hits, including some extra base offense.

Sydney Newcomb and Trista Newcomb both had timely hits in the first to get the offense rolling. Xareyah Tucker tripled in the third and scored.

The same Newcomb pairing helped produce another Clarksville run in the fifth.

Then, in the sixth, Morgan Bright, Sanaa Cole, Chanayah Cole and Tucker all scored in the inning as Clarksville broke open what had been a 3-2 contest.

Lunenburg went down quietly in the seventh to preserve the 7-2 win for Clarksville.

The local all-stars then came out strong in the second game of the night, defeating Lunenburg handily by a 14-4 score.

“The girls played hard and just about flawless through the two final games to decide the championship,” said head coach Scott Newcomb. “They really worked as a team to get through this tournament. They are a fun bunch and a pleasure to coach. They gave a championship effort and it paid off for them. They should be proud, they played well.”

Clarksville now will look forward to Virginia Dixie Belles state tournament action, beginning July 13 in Farmville.

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