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Autumn Younger worked five innings for Halifax National Angels in Monday’s championship game in the X-Play district tournament. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / June 27, 2013
The Halifax Nationals Dixie softball X-play Angels have extended summer plans.

The local all-stars have won a district tournament for the first time and are headed to the state tournament for the first time.

The finale came Monday night, with the HN Angels defeating Halifax American at the Bethune Complex, 8-3.

HN got base hits from Autumn Younger and Susanna Watts. The Nationals broke it open with a blistering seven-run third inning, helped by some passed balls that hurt the Americans. Kaitlyn Richardson, Gracie Wagstaff, Madison Watkins, Hailey Marable and Susanna Watts were credited with RBIs. Younger led the scoring parade, crossing the plate twice.

Younger delivered a fine pitching effort. She got the win and worked five innings, striking out five. She walked seven but limited the Americans to three hits and three runs.

In the district finale, the Americans got three hits, from Raegan Ridgeway (a third inning double), another double from Mandy Lewis and a single from Shaniya Boyd.

The Americans collected one run in the first inning and two more in the third.

Bailey Bowen and Kendall Foushee handled the pitching duties for the Americans. Bowen worked three innings, with two strikeouts, eight walks, two hits allowed and three runs. Foushee worked two innings, with one strikeout, nine walks, no hits allowed and five walks.

Earlier the Americans forced a game three. The Americans defeated the Nationals, 9-7.

Kayla Townes and Skylar Strohm scored the final two runs in this game, with Strohm recording an RBI.

The Americans struck early in Sunday’s win, scoring four times in the first inning. The Americans got one in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Townes and Strohm, who lined an RBI double in the fifth, scored two runs apiece for the Americans in this win.

The Americans got three innings on the mound from Ridgeway, who fanned four, walked five, allowed three hits and six runs. Abbey Martin closed in the final two innings. She fanned four, walked one, allowed two hits and one run.

Strohm had two hits and scored twice. Shaniya Boyd cracked the third hit in the winning effort by the Americans.

The Nationals came up short in this game. Amanda Duffer, Kaitlyn Richardson and G. Wagstaff had one hit apiece, and A. Younger delivered two hits. The Nationals did most of their damage in the third, scoring five runs. Wagstaff had a triple in the fifth and collected two RBI.

Madison Watkins, Kaitlyn Richardson and Amanda Duffer managed to pick up one RBI apiece.

Richardson worked one inning, walking four and yielding four runs. A. Duffer worked the final five innings, with four strikeouts, six walks, four hits and five runs allowed.

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