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Clarksville Belles capture district, will play for Virginia crown

South Boston News / June 28, 2017
The Clarksville Dixie Belles All Star team captured the District 1 title in recent tournament action in Blackstone to advance to the state finals, which begin July 14 in Rustburg.

Clarksville lost only once in the district tournament in Blackstone. Clarksville went 4-1 in games against teams from Blackstone, Dinwiddie and Lunenburg. “These young ladies are a pleasure to coach,” said Clarksville manager Scott Newcomb. “Each coach on the staff has had the opportunity to coach these young ladies for a lot of years. They gave a championship effort and were rewarded with the 2017 Belles championship for the hard work they put in.

“We could not be any prouder of them for their efforts, and we hope to continue this run into the state championship tournament,” said Newcomb.

The Clarksville All-Stars took to the field for the District 1 opener tournament Friday. The Belles scored some 60 runs against all-star teams from Blackstone, Dinwiddie and Lunenburg.

The Belles’ only loss in the tournament was to Lunenburg 5-3 on Saturday. The Clarksville Belles bounced right back with a win over Dinwiddie to face the then-undefeated Lunenburg Belles on Sunday.

With one loss already in the double elimination tournament, the Clarksville girls had to beat Lunenburg back-to-back on Sunday to claim the championship. In the opening game Sunday, they played hard and overcame Lunenburg to force a second, contest for the District 1 championship. The second meeting between the two teams Sunday was an even more intense experience, with Clarksville coming out on top to claim the championship.

The Clarksville Belles will start the Dixie Girls State Tournament on July 14 in Rustburg, with the winner advancing to Dixie World Series play.

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