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Gloom for Clarksville, South Hill Belles / July 03, 2013
The results were as gloomy as the weather for both local entries in the Virginia Dixie Softball District 1 Belles tournament this week in Clarksville.

All-Star teams from South Hill and Clarksville were eliminated in short order in the Belles tournament, for girls ages 13-15. The host Clarksville squad was ousted Monday after losing the second of its two tournament games, while South Hill was eliminated Saturday after two games.

The double elimination tournament, which proceeded mostly on schedule despite bouts of bad weather, drew a large field from southern and central Virginia.

After Monday’s action, four teams — Lunenburg, Brunswick, Dinwiddie and undefeated Nottoway — remained in contention for the district title and an invitation to the Dixie Softball state finals in Lunenburg beginning July 19.

Here’s a recap of the action this week at Shaver and Robbins parks, involving both the Clarksville and South Hill squads.

Dinwiddie 13, Clarksville 3

On Monday night the Clarksville Belles were eliminated from play when they took on Dinwiddie and lost, 13-3.

Dinwiddie posted one run in the first, one in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and closed out with an eight-run fifth inning.

Clarksville was getting good hits during the game but just couldn’t bring baserunners home.

The host All-Stars scored two runs in the third and one run in the fourth, for their three-run total. Clarksville had nine hits on the night but stranded 11 runners on base.

Getting hits for Clarksville were Diamond Watson, Tavia Smith, Kaylee Newton, Katie Newcomb, Abi Tuck, Ivy Watson, Dymond Robertson, Zykeria Smith and Madison Lort.

Dinwiddie scored its 13 runs on eight hits, leaving four runners on base.

Brunswick 23, Clarksville 11

The Clarksville Belles opened play against Brunswick on Saturday after receiving the opening day bye on Friday.

Brunswick, which sailed through the tournament before losing Monday night’s battle of the undefeateds with Nottoway, downed the host team Saturday 23-11.

This game was stopped midway through the sixth inning due to the mercy rule (10-runs or more) being invoked.

Brunswick dominated at the plate, although Clarksville did enjoy a brief 7-2 lead in the third inning.

Brunswick opened the game with two runs and held Clarksville scoreless until the third. Then, the host All-Stars erupted for seven runs and appeared to be on their way to a possible victory.

But it didn’t take Brunswick long to respond, and when they did, they brought it — scoring 13 runs in one inning to take a 15-7 lead.

Brunswick plated an additional eight runs in the fifth inning to make the score 23-7.

Clarksville responded four runs in the sixth to make it 23-11 — not enough for the game to continue.

Brunswick rapped out 14 hits and drew 11 walks in the victory.

Ilia Barnette, Ivy Watson, Emily Burchett, Katie Newcomb and Tavia Smith produced the hits for Clarksville.

Dinwiddie 6, South Hill 5

The South Hill Belles entered the tournament as reigning Dixie World Series champions — but the All-Star girls were unable to match last year’s success in district action this week.

After losing in the opening round Friday, South Hill was pitted against Dinwiddie on Saturday. Both teams were determined not to go home early — but someone had to lose, and that someone was South Hill.

Dinwiddie posted two runs in the first. Ashley Harvey walked and Emily Smith singled. Both went on to score for a 2-0 Dinwiddie lead.

South Hill got its first run in the fourth off of a Sydney Sasser walk, followed by a Kaysi Wooten single that pushed Sasser across home plate.

South Hill took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth after Imileigh Alexander and Jahlia scored.

But Dinwiddie came back with four runs in the sixth to retake the 6-3 lead.

Wooten and Holly Michaels scored in the seventh to bring South Hill within one run, 6-5, but it wasn’t enough as Dinwiddie prevailed and handed the South Hill All-Stars their second loss, eliminating them from the field.

Brunswick 10, South Hill 4

Friday night’s tournament opener got off to a rough start for the South Hill girls. With two outs in the first inning, Brunswick scored three runs. Sarah Allen, Sam Maitland and Amber Jackson got the runs off of a walk and two singles.

Lindsey Lucy, Sydney Sasser and Brittany Crowder scored for South Hill to tie the game in the bottom of the first inning.

But Brunswick struck for three more runs in the second as Courtney Hostetter, Lexi Smith and Bethany Allen came home for the 6-3 lead.

South Hill responded with a run before Brunswick came back in their next at-bat to score four more runs.

In the fifth inning, Brunswick’s Alexis Maitland, Sydney Robertson, Kasie Smith and Sarah Allen came home with the final four runs for the 10-4 win.

Going into action Tuesday, Nottoway was the lone undefeated team in the field, after toppling previously-undefeated Brunswick on Monday night.

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