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Clarksville Darlings rally to beat Brunswick

SoVaNow.com / June 26, 2019
After an opening round 16-15 loss to Lunenburg Central on Friday night, the Clarksville Darlings needed a win on Saturday to stay alive in the 2019 Dixie Softball District 1 tournament. They got that win with a fifth inning comeback rally over Brunswick, prevailing 13-12.

The game was an elimination affair as Brunswick fell in their opener 22-2 to South Hill. Tournament play is based on double elimination.

Brunswick was first to bat and get on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning. Brunswick’s Aubriegh Wasburn posted the run after hitting a single and being advanced by her teammates.

Amiah Jarrett added to Brunswick’s score after she hit a single to get on base.

Clarksville’s Kate Neal used an error to get on base. She was eventually plated with help from singles by Tiana Thomas and Maddy Wood to cut the Brunswick lead to 2-1.

Both teams would explode for runs in the third inning. Brunswick posted seven runs and Clarksville scored six times. Washburn and Jarrett crossed the plate for Brunswick as did Harper Weidman, Ella Beck Palmer, Kacy Powell, and McKenlee Ruble.

Clarksville scored its six runs on seven hits by Layla Williamson, Makayla McFail, Destiny Farmer, Olivia Rose, Aaleah Hawk, Aneya Clay, Kaitlynn McGhee and Thomas. The entire lineup scored except Williamson and Thomas. Avery Poole also posted a run.

Each team added three runs in the fourth and Brunswick led 12-11 going into the final inning. Clarksville played some excellent defense in the top of the fifth.

Brunswick was able to get two batters on base. But with runners at first and second bases, the next three Brunswick batters struck out.

In the bottom of the fifth McGee and Poole hit singles to move to first and second. Thomas drove in the winning runs with a strong shot to the outfield for the 13-12 win.



Darlings fall to 
Lunenburg 16-15

Clarksville’s opening round game saw Lunenburg rally in the bottom of the fifth to take the 16-15 win.

Lunenburg jumped out to a 7-2 lead to end the first inning. Clarksville held Lunenburg to one run the second, while scoring five runs to bring the score to 8-7, Lunenburg.

Clarksville held Lunenburg scoreless in the third and picked up two runs to take the 9-8 lead. Lunenburg came back and posted three runs in the fourth, while Clarksville scored twice.

Clarksville led 13-11 at the top of the fifth. The local team added two runs and led 15-11 midway through the fifth. Lunenburg came back to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth and take the 16-15 win.

Clarksville had multiple players post runs in the game: Farmer with three runs, Clay and Williamson with two runs each, and Rose, Neal, Vaughan, Thomas, McGee, Wood, Poole and Hawk each scoring a run.



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