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Halifax Darlings 1-1 in state tourney action in South Hill

SoVaNow.com / July 17, 2017
The Halifax Darlings are 1-1 in state tournament action in South Hill.

The Darlings lost to Fluvanna Saturday, 8-4. Fluvanna took advantage of nine Halifax errors and lackluster offense.

The locals mustered just four hits, as Abigail Conner, Gabby Easley, Paisley Comer and Maddy Martin had base hits.

Halifax plays tonight at 6 p.m.

Earlier, the Darlings edged Rustburg in the opener, 7-6.

After the first inning, Halifax trailed, 1-0. Halifax answered with two in the second, but Rustburg forced a tie.

After three frames, this was a 3-3 ball game.

Rustburg extended the lead to 6-3 heading into the top of the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, Rustburg got two outs. Cara Dyer followed with a timely hit and then Paisley Comer kept the inning alive with a hit.

Cadence Howerton then sped around the bases with an error-assisted home run (her second of the day) to force a 6-6 tie.

Halifax then forced extra innings, heading into the sixth.

In the top of the sixth, Conner smacked a base hit and Gabby Easley plated her with a hit.

Halifax then held Rustburg scoreless in its last at-bat to scratch out the win.

Katie Mann, Conner, Easley and Payton Young had multiple hits.

“My girls were literally down their last out and they never gave up. They showed heart, passion, and grit, which is something you can’t teach,” said coach Shannon Salley.





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