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Clarksville Belles fall out of state tournament field after second loss

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Clarksville Belles All-Stars Kailey Gill and Sydney Newcomb combine to pick off a Powhatan base runner who was attempting to steal second.
SoVaNow.com / July 18, 2018
After a promising start to the 2018 Virginia Dixie Youth Softball Tournament in Farmville, the Clarksville All-Star Belles saw their state championship hopes come to an end Sunday in action against the Halifax All-Stars.

Clarksville took two losses in the tournament, Saturday night against Powhatan in a 10-5 decision, and Monday against Halifax when a short-handed roster and extreme heat forced the local girls to forfeit the game.

Against Powhatan on Saturday, Clarksville opened in fine fashion as leadoff batter Skyla King ripped a double to the outfield and then stole third. Sydney Newcomb came up to bat and drew the walk but was caught between bases on a Trista Newcomb fly ball that scored King. Powhatan got one out on the sacrifice fly and a second out when S. Newcomb was caught dead to rights between bases. Courtney Tuck then grounded out to first to end the inning.

In their half of the inning, the Powhatan girls hit into two quick outs before striking for four runs. A single, double, single and yet another double put two runs on the board for Powhatan. The next batter then dropped a blooper to right center that scored another run. Clarksville finally got the third out but by this time Powhatan was leading 4-1.

Clarksville was held scoreless through the end of the fourth while Powhatan was able to send two more runners over the plate to extend the lead to 6-1.

In the top of the fifth, the Clarksville team gained some momentum as Xzareyah Tucker drew a walk to open the side. This was followed by a double by Skyla King, scoring Tucker from first, and another double by Sydney Newcomb scoring King to cut Powhatan’s lead to 6-3.

The next two Clarksville batters made outs but K. Gill came to the plate and stroked a fastball down the first base line for a single, scoring S. Newcomb. At this point the Clarksville faithful in the stands were rocking, sensing a comeback in the making. But after M. Bright drew a walk to put base runners at first and second with two outs, Powhatan coaxed a groundout from the next batter to end the threat.

Powhatan put the game away in the fifth by scoring three runs off of reliever T. Newcomb. Clarksville was able to add one more run in the sixth as Chanayah Cole crossed home plate, but it wasn’t enough and Clarksville took their first loss in the double elimination tournament.



Clarksville’s run at State Belles title ends with 
forfeit to Halifax County

The heat and humidity of mid-summer proved too much for the Clarksville Belles as a player had to leave the game early due to high temperatures in the team’s game Sunday afternoon against Halifax County. With only nine players on the roster and with no replacement to take the field, Clarksville was forced to forfeit the third round contest, knocking the girls out of the double-elimination tourney.

The Clarksville gals had dug a pretty deep hole for themselves and were trailing by a seemingly insurmountable 16-6 deficit in the fourth inning. Halifax had six players who had scored two runs each and four others with one run apiece.

Skyla King, Sydney Newcomb, Trista Newcomb and Xzareyah Tucker all scored for Clarksville with the Newcombs getting two runs each.

With temperatures soaring into the 90s and the humidity at uncomfortable levels, Trista Newcomb succumbed to heat exhaustion and dehydration in the fourth inning. With only nine members on the team Clarksville was forced to forfeit. With the loss, the tea’s run at a state title came to an end.





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