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SoVaNow.com / August 01, 2013The Halifax American Darlings have won the state title, and now the World Series is the final hurdle.
The HA Darlings will begin Dixie World Series tournament play Saturday in Alexandria, La. The Virginia champions open up against Georgia at noon in Game 1 of the Series. Virginia will be the visitors for this opening game. Halifax American has plenty of experience at this level.
“Seven of our girls are returning players from last year’s team that made it to World in Georgetown, S.C. We have very strong sticks and the gloves to back them up. Defensively, we have depth and offensively, we have speed and power. A great thing for us is that we have at least two girls who can place the ball when they hit (magnificent for this age!).
“Kirk Barnes is our coach-pitcher and is humming the ball into the girls - we do not lob the ball,” said assistant coach Sunshine Martin.
The returning players include: Kamyria Woody-Giggetts, Trinity Martin, Kylie Satterfield, Madison Barnes, Shamya Hankins, Saviana Bailey, and Sarah Watts.
“Satterfield, Martin, Hankins, Watts and Barnes hold down the infield** Giggetts & Bailey are our speed in the outfield. Giggetts came up big for us in state with two major catches,” said Martin.
Newcomers to the team include Brittany Barksdale, Samantha Velazquez, Ashlyn Strickland, Arissa Conner and Lynia Reed.
Samantha Velazquez and Conner share time at catcher while the other girls share time in the outfield.
“We are very hopeful for a great turnout in the World, but like every team - it’s just going to depend on whether the girls turn it on on the field or not. I believe they will,” said Martin.
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